THE Ʋnlearned Alchymist HIS ANTIDOTE.

OR, A more full and ample Explanation of the use, Vertue and benefit of my PILL, Entituled, An effectual

  • Diaphoretick.
  • Diuretick.

purgeth by

  • Sweating
  • Ʋrin.

Whereunto is added Sundry Cures and Experiences, with particular direction unto particular diseases and Distempers; with a Catalogue of peoples Names, with their dwellings which have used and known the use of the same: Also sundry plain and easie Receits which the ingenious may prepare for their own health.

By Richard Mathew, and are to be had at his house by the Lyons Den at the Tower, next Gate to the By-Ward.

London Printed, for Joseph Leigh, at the upper end of Baz­ing-hall street, near the Naggs-head Tavern, and are to be sold together with this Pill, by Giles Calvert at the Black-spread Eagle at the West end of Pauls, And Livewell Chapman at the Crown in Popes-head-alley, 1660.

To all that are sick, under Pains, Aches, Gripings, divers diseases, Surfeitings, Obstru­ctions, Consumptions, of what kind soever and whosoever, but more especially unto all such of them that fear the Lord in truth and [...] ­rightness, and of these especially such as are poor and have no money, Ric. Mathew, your brother and companion in the Kingdom and patience of Jesus Christ, humbly Dedicates this his little book, together with his work and la­bor, with what is his devoted to your service.

IT is meet of good right that this my Book should be Dedicated unto you, who daily finds the power and vertue of my Pill whereof I have spoken; let all the world set themselves against it as they please, I know your experience will vindicate it, and verily if my Pill have not deserved it from your [Page]hands, I will speak not a word for it, but what ever in this book hath past me, let it for ever stand for no­thing, and I do attest not onely to you all, but all the world, that if I he deceived concerning the true worth and power of my Pills, ve­rily it is you that hath deceived me, my conscience bearing me witness I have not added unto these reports which you have brought me, but have with much sobriety left out much which would have heightned the power & worth of my Pill, but I am assured from my own knowledge and daily sight and hearing, that things of like nature are done by it daily, blessed be God, and therefore I know there is no deceit in the mat­ter: Receive then I pray you this little book into your protection, and speak as you have found, and speak that which is true, I desire no more, I know that is sufficient, [Page]for the trueth is strong, and no force can keep him in bonds whom truth acquits; it were better I were not then it were not my portion.

It is neither power nor great­ness, nor humane Art, nor Learn­ing that I fly unto for Patronage, only the clear and unbyased witness of truth, which can be in no other mouths then such of you, the authors of all those several reports, cures, and wonders I have set down in this book, most of which my own eys were spectators, & consequently witnesses of their verity and truth, neither am I unfurnished of as ma­ny more which here is not set down, but these have spent much paper for me to write, and much of your pa­tience to read, and he that will not believe at the sound of this Trum­pet, but shuts his ears, resolved not to hear, this man will not hear if I had set down five times as many.

[Page]But unto the two second sort un­to whom I tender this dedication, viz. the faithful that are yet on earth, but their treasure in heaven, and their hearts where their trea­sure is; that at the present if need be are in heaviness thorow many fold temptations, sicknesses, pains, aches, and weaknesses of body I do in a more especial manner dedicate my book, self work and labor of love unto you, who is your brother and companion, and with you have born the chastening of the Lord, I know your happiness and feel it and am made and infranchized a Citizen and fellow servant with you, and have labored thorow Christ and have not fainted, and now knowing your happiness do ranke my self with you as being made partaker of like pretious faith, and indeed desire above all other to be made manifest and [Page]known unto you? I know although I am a stranger unto you as to this body and this world, yet I have spi­ritual feeling and feasting with you, in and from that abundance of end­less joys freely bestowed in the blood of Christ, and truely our fellowship is with the Father and with that Son of his love, whose blood clean­seth us from all our iniquities, and blessed be God who hath helped me thorow all kind of snares and tem­ptations, to the end I might by ex­perience know his salvation, his power and goodness; and this is my triumphing joy, that my father is pleased to let me live to comfort and help many, and thanks be given unto him, there is but few days pass me without the happy tidings of saving the life of one poor crea­ture or other, I speak as a man, and in this judge by mans reason. And now my beloved brethren as I have [Page]freely received so I freely give, you above all other I thirst to serve both in body and spirit, my master hath returned upon my head the fruit of my labor, which indeed hath been much and long, and wherefore have I been always beaten down by sickness and weakness of body, but that I might be improved (as I have been improved) for your service and advantages, of which indeed you may make a bold challenge, and re­quire the same as your just right and propriety.

But unto the third sort now I speak, viz. you which fear the Lord in truth of heart, and are un­der his fatherly chastening of pains, sicknesses, and bodily pressures, and are poor as to the things of this world; and wherefore is it but that in being here you might not be to your selves as men or to this world as this world, you are not poor, but [Page]you are rich, riches that faideth not away, made rich thorow him that became poor that he might make many rich; my brethren be without carefulness or fear, because tis your fathers pleasure to give you a Kingdom, a Kingdom that remains to eternity, eternally in the heavens, you will possess it at that his appearing when you shall appear with him in heaven, glory that cannot be shaken; and if your earthly tabernacle perish daily, is it not the Minister of joy, foras­much as it tends to no other end but to hast you to rest; now is the time of your labor, labor in fruit-bearing, herein is your Father glorified (that in and against the strongest wrestlings of this world and of your own corruptions, and Satanical tentations and delusion) that you bring forth much fruit, to the end his fruit may remain in you, [Page]and his power rest upon you; you know in all your griefs and ailes, he is Joy, Peace, Rest, get then to rest, cease from man, for wherein is he to be trusted, you self and all self­ness, your own works as God did from his, enter the blessed rest, holy Sabbath thorow Christs attonement, thorow whom and in whom we are compleat and perfect, for shame be silent, the Lord comes into his holy temple, your bodies are the temple of the living God, his house and habitation you are, he daigns to supp and dine with you, and is with you and in you, stand fast then in that liberty wherewith he hath made you free; take heed of har­kening to flesh and blood, be not in­tangled with the yoak of bondage to fear again, if you touch your bur­den with your arm, you must needs faint, but if you throw it on him he will sustain you; he bore our [Page]sicknesses, the chastisement of our peace was upon him, and by his stripes we are healed, be like him who opened not his mouth, although the Lord laid on him the iniquity of us all; sicknesses & poverty is not the greatest of evils, nay they in their depth with devine love and presence are joyous & glorious; I never found greater joy and peace, and consola­tion then when I was in the greatest pain and bitterness, when as to this world there was little hope of life, then was their life in beauty and strength, you of all other are most blessed and happy, because the eter­nal crown and weight of righteous­ness and glory is prepared for you.

What shall I say unto you my dearly beloved brethren with whom life and glory dwelleth. O my heart is pained for you, yea my soul and spirit within me is set on fire with love, care, desire, indeavor [Page]how I might be most manifested unto you, to bear all your distresses if it were possible for me, but alas it is a small thing I am able to do, but I will tell you Jesus Christ will make his cross and yoak easie and light unto you, go to him he is the fountain, all fulness is in him, and he freely distributes without upbraiding, yea he is perfectly able to save all that come to God by him; and as for me his poor ser­vant, I beseech you pray that I may be found faithful in my Steward­ship, improving his manifold gifts unto his ends, and therefore in his name and fear, and in discharge of my duty unto him, and out of faithful and true simpathy and fel­low-feeling with you; I do there­fore in his name and fear invite all that is poor, having no mony and fears the Lord in truth of heart, and is sick, and in pains and Aches of [Page]bodie that they would come and re­ceive at my hand this Pill, or what else the Lord hath given me for their health freely for Christ sake without mony or reward, prove I pray you and assay whether I be the man or no that I here would be taken to be, yea come once and a­gain as your distress requires, onely as I am a man hide not your self and condition from me, and I hope still in him in whom I have always hoped I shall not be left without either a heart or wherewith to re­fresh them, that in the name and fear of God come unto me, intreat­ing you to joyn with it your faith and prayer for a blessing; looking on it as means of Gods ordaining for your help and comfort, then do I not fear a good and blessed success in the use of the means which the Lord hath put in my hands for your ease, healing, and benefit.

Certain choice Receits contained in this Book.

  • The true preparation of the Oyl of Amber three several ways.
  • The Oyl and Ballsom of the Pine-tree, commonly called Tar.
  • An unvaluable purge universal of Antimony and Sca­mony of Cream or Christals of Tartar, with their Correction preparation, dosse and use.
  • The true preparation of Crocus Martis.
  • The preparation of Sugar of Saturn.
  • The true preparation of the Essence of Venus, or Ens Veneris.
  • The true preparation of the Salt of Mars.
  • The true preparation of the Sympathetical powder late­ly treated of by Sir Kenelm Digby.
  • An Antidote against all diseases, Surfeits and infections.
  • To make and prepare the drink now in use called Coffee.
  • To make a choice Cordial Sirrup of Black-Cherries.
Courteous Reader,

THou art desired to look with a favorable eye upon those faults which thou maist meet with in this Book, and to Correct them with thy pen. If there be any that does make the sence seem harsh to thee, thou art cour­teously required to amend them.

An effectual • Diaphoretick , and • Diuretick  purgeth by • Sweating , and • Ʋrine. 

THis Pill is a Corrector of all Vegeta­tive poisons. This that I have written is true, although some there are which takes it in foul scorn that I should profess that power, as to Correct opium and they themselves cannot; but let such contentious Do­ctors know, that the Gentleman is yet in very good health that drank 200. grains of opium at one draught, which was of my correcting, So that if it be taken after any portion vomative or laxative, it will not work at all; or when any portion works over violently, it forthwith stops it by reason of its cor­rective power: This also as far as my experience hath taught me, is true, and if any list let them make further proof; In like manner it Corrects all poisons in mans body from head to feet; By constant experience we find its working so various and strange that we can believe no less, for although to all appearance people that are alike troubled, yet will it vomit some, purge others, and make others sweat out of measure, and others purge strangely by Urine, and others as strangely send [Page 2]forth Rhums and Fleam at the mouth; and some others it may be none of all these, but will break out all over, and sundry other ways as nature hath provided to great wonder, which people when they are well, tell us how strangely it wrought with them. Unto God only be given all the praise for his mercies, it sufficeth that peo­ple finde relief in their distress; so that indeed we do clearly see it doth ransack whole nature of what temper, complexion, or constitution soever, and finding out what it is that is noctious unto it, finds out one way or other as nature is most prompt to administer relief, and according unto our experience it is ever constant unto a constant mind, and most certain it is that many foolishly out of a fond conceit, because this Pill hath operated contrary unto what they before hand have supposed, have left its use to their great hurt and damage; and at this day (out of some such phantastical humor neglecting it) lan­guish in their pains and griefs, these lending their credulous ears unto the envious which nei­ther know nor understand the thing they speak evil of, but thou which wilt believe thy expe­rience, will find that if thy grief lies in thy head, any part of it, thou shalt be sure to find it awakened, nay oft times when men doth not think that their grief lieth there by reason it may be that thy illness proceeds of some old Cold or Surfeit, or Bruse, so as thou hast forgotten it, this Pill will begin at the root of thy grief, and if of Wind, it strangely followeth it up and down the body of man till it be turned out; or if it be [Page 3]some inward breach or soreness, or Impost­hums it by reason of its power from fixt Salts doth break, and by reason of its Balsamical vertue, doth heal above belief, so that as people inform us of great pains and grief they have had for some years, till by this Pill sometimes stinking Matter, and sometimes stinking blood hath been sent forth which hath been infinitely beyond my skill to help, but God hath blessed the use of this Pill to save the lives of many so grieved blessed be his name, and if the de­fect be amongst the Uritures, Kidnes, Rains or Bladder, then the effects by Urine is as admirable much beyond our reason, for it sometimes sends out stuff of divers collours, and sometimes but of one collour like snot and like jaggs of cloth, jaggs of paper, and of divers collours mixed to­gether, and sometimes swiming on the Surface, and sometimes lying in the bottom; and so also hath brought out many Stones, many of which we have to shew, which people that voyded them upon the taking of the Pills have brought us; also Gravel in abundance, both red and other collours, which it doth by its power from fixed Salts, and the true preparing the Spirit of Tur­pentine, and I do attest to all men, that I am six moneths in preparing the Spirit of Turpentine for this Pill; and let all men know assuredly, it is not nor cannot be ripe for this Pill under, and therefore thus duely prepared, I do believe a high­er Ballsom is not in the world both inwardly and outwardly; God grant I may use it to his glory and peoples good, for we find it so potent in [Page 4]cleansing all Windiness, Sliminess, Stone, or Gra­vel, and in case of Flux of blood, running of Rains, and the like, or Flux of scouring, I think the like is not to be found, for by reason of the mixion of forceable Vegetatives, it doth so sweetly stop all bleeding beyond belief, although it be either by Fundament, or by Urine, or by Mouth, as in Consumptions, or at Nose, it forth­with stops it as soon as it is warm in their Bellies; if it be grief of the Joynts, Ach of Bones, Pains of the Feet, as the Gout in the Feet, or the run­ning Gout, or that which is called the Kings-evil, by that time a Pill can be warm in their belly, the patient will be sensible of ease, and to the praise of God I speak it, many of every Sex and Age that have not been able to feed or help them­selves, or stir a limb in their beds, with the use of this Pill are now in health and set at liberty; there would be no end of speaking, and yet but what is true, the wonderful wonders that God hath done by this Pill both inwardly and outwardly, and if those take it who have Consumptions with sore Coughing, also those that wheese with shortness of Breath with Coughing; I say there are many of these alive thanks be given to God who comfortably injoy themselves, which to the ap­pearance of man would never a held out, and many of these perfectly cured and so remain, which indeed is more then in reason we might have expected, for according to the opinion of the ablest in Physick, these distempers proceed from a debelity in nature, and therefore not cure­able, but God hath shewed his power and good­ness [Page 5]to many, that there doth not appear the least sign of a distemper, so that in a reasonable time both Cough and Rhume is quite gone and Breath at will: I am loath to recite particulars, and yet give no more but the very truth, because I know many will hardly believe it (& yet I am constrain­ed here to give some instances) for I speak not this without witness, thanks be to God, many hun­dreds about London will give testimony of the truth written, with thanksgiving unto Almighty God who hath strengthened and opened their Breasts when they were almost brought unto the gates of death, God blessing this Pill to them for their reviving, thanks be given unto God for all his unspeakable gifts. I had a Maid-servant that from a child had a sore Cough in such extremity, and I feared oft she would never get Breath a­gain, it had such violence upon her; and she said it would never be cured, it was natural unto her, and that her mother died thereof, I caused her to take of these Pills, as well for my own quietness as her cure, she did so disturbe me in the night season; I gave her but little ones and gave them time, she never lay hour for them, but rose eve­ry morning all Winter, and did perform her duty in the house without interruption, and I think it was half a year or near before it was quite gone, and in that time it took it so perfectly away, as to my knowledge I heard her not Cough in half a a year more, nay not while she was in my house.

A man so afflicted with shortness of Breath and Coughing, as did exceed most that I have heard [Page 6]of, and he sends to me for Pills, which he took, and with his own mouth telleth us, that for seven years he was so grievously afflicted therwith, that he could not all the Winter season lie down in his bed, and if he had assayed to do it, then he should strangle, and of a suddain start up and stretch up his arms above his head to get passage for his Breath again, which with difficulty he recovered; said he unto us the first Pill that ever I took of yours, I laid me down and slept sweetly all the night, at which I and my Wife greatly admiring, praised God, as also we did with him, and that it seemed more strange, he said he Coughed not all the night, nor was he sensible of any straightness of Breath all the night; and this man remains so well, that to my knowledge he doth not spend so much as one quarter of an ounce in a quarter of a year. It grieves my heart as I go up and down the streets to hear the people Cough and wheese, holding their sides with short breathing, when God hath put in my hand so great a blessing for mankind, and ye will not make use of it many that have knowledge of it, and if I should go a­bout to perswade them to it, ye will imagine I do it for my own advantage; there are some that have much to answer for disswading well-mind­ed People against it to their hurt; I pray God for­give them, it is evident that they themselves can do nothing in this case, but are just like the dogg in the manger, that will eat no hay himself, nor suffer the horse to eat it; notwithstanding a a volume might be written of its power and effi­cacy which is true and real touching its pre­sent [Page 7]help in the cases aforesaid.

Likewise for all kind of Scowrings and Fluxes whatsoever, and therefore it is truely said, that it is a Corrector of all poisons within mans bo­dy from his head unto his feet.

And helpeth the patient to cure, except it be over long decocted that it became Cronical, yet then it gives perfect ease; The cures which hath been perform­ed in this four or five years last past, are too ma­ny here to recite; I shall give you a few instan­ces, such as came at the present into my mind as I was a writing, by which the rest may be the bet­ter guessed at.

A woman that is now well and in health (rea­dy to bear testimony if there were occasion) comes to me and pressed me to consider her condition, which indeed was very lamentable and sad, for one of her leggs was all out or very near as bigg as my wast, with sundry stinking Fistulad Ulcers running in it, which I was not able to look on, this legg in growing into this condition, she told me was ten or eleven years, and all that time she could get no help but had spent what she was able in vain; I gave her of my Pills at a small rate considering her condition, and willed her to prove whether there were likelihood of help by them, to apply nothing outwardly, but to wash it with her own water or with Brandewine, she accordingly did, keeping it warm as she ought to do, and so gave my Pills time, which she ac­cordingly did, and at first they did not onely sweat her out of measure, but did throw out a­bundance of filth out of measure at the Ulcers [Page 8]that did greatly wet her bed in the night; she be­gan to be fearful and I perswaded her to patience, whereon she continues her order, and when they had thrown out all that was fit to be thrown out, then began the bigness of her legg to abate, and so with abundance of ease sweetly took down her legg and healed those Ulcers one after ano­ther unto her great wonder, and when she was near whole, and had but one hole in her legg open, and the greatness of it gone, and that legg no bigger then the other, some of her Gossips perswaded her, if she did not keep one of the Ulcers open, that she should dye; I think she was near six moneths in bringing her legg unto this condition, and then she left off, that so the hole left might run still, and so it did, and by degrees her legg begun to swell again, and I on the other side wondred what was become of my customer, for my councel to her was, that if the Pills heal­ed them all perfectly she was a happy woman and ought to give God thanks for it; and further that if they were all whole she would yet continue taking of them for at least three moneths, that her nature might get strength and find other pur­gers then at her Ancles, considering for how long time her nature had been debelitated and o­ther emantuaries found which nature did not or­dain, but she forsaking this advice as is above said relapsed, and finding that her legg began as fast to go back as when she used the Pills it did to heal, she fell to work again and followed the ta­king of the Pill as she ought and thorow Gods mercy perfected the cure, as is to be seen at this [Page 9]day, and now it may be she sends for a quarter of an ounce in three or four moneths, unto God who sheweth mercy to the poor that put their trust in him, be all praise and glory for ever amen.

There came unto me two or three men of good quality, and brought with them a Country man about twenty four years old extream lame and weak of the Palsie, so sore that he could not but­ton himself, nor put on his clothes nor seed him­self, I gave him six Pills with a little Oyl of Am­ber of my own drawing, he never came again so much as to return thanks (I hope he was thankful to God) a while after I met one of the Gentle­men that brought him to me in Abchurch-lane end in Cannon Street by meer accident, he gave me many thanks for my love unto his friend, and told me that he was gone down into the Country again very well about his business, and had strength and use of his hands and limbs, to his great joy and comfort, praised be God.

I will now recite you hear another, I think as strange a cure as any hath been done in this latter age of the world; and truely had I not done it my self as a weak instrument, I should very hard­ly believed it, and truely I will not vary one tittle from the naked truth to the best of my un­derstanding and knowledge, and it was upon a Inns of Court Gentleman, that was once of the Kings Army a Colonel, he being desperately sick of a very foul and desperate disease, and had took many Pills, wherein much Quicksilver as is sup­posed had been put, but procured nothing but [Page 10]signs of death, that his messenger told me he never looked to come off his bed, a bold woman came to me without any guise or collour, and told me plainly how it was with him, and I not much caring for such kind of Patient, gave her about six Pills and sent her away, and bid her as he lik­ed them to send to me again, but she soon came again with these words in her mouth, the Gen­tleman saith that he never meet with a honest man till now, and doth intreat you that you would not slight him in this sad condition, but go forward with him, by what you have done al­ready he is of good hope of suddain cure, for by and by after one of your Pills were in his belly, the sore racking of limbs, and knawing of his Bowels did cease, and that he is greatly refreshed with them, I sent him more of the same, with order how to use it more effectually; shortly af­ter she came again for more of the same, and then she did assure me that my Pills and drink which he took, had such wonderful effects upon him which did almost fright them, but that he was hearty and eat his meat, they should have feared, for all his hair came off from all parts of his whole body, and also his whole skin came off all over his whole body, and also all his nails, both on his hands and feet came off from him without any violence fell off of themselves; I do protest as in the sight of God what is said is true, to the best of my understanding, and about three weeks after I began with him or thereabout, this Gentleman came to me and shewed me his naked body, which I was loath he should, and not one hair upon [Page 11]him, but a fresh skin as of a young childe, in­deed he looked shotten and wan, as one that had been sick, and so he had; he told me he was as well as ever he was in all his life, and that which made me more to wonder, was that the nails of his hands did then begin to peep out like the little white that is at the root of our nails. I may not handsomely say any more, I bless God that hath guided me to speak what is very true, and no­thing but what is true.

Over long cocted that it become cronical: Thorow length of time that humor commonly called peccant, or Acrimonious, or Tartarous, although its beginning may be but some ordinary cold, yet being long neglected, and many noctious humors therby ingendred through long circulation 'twixt heart and brain; these two being the extremi­ties of heat and cold, I say with subjection that these humors 'twixt heat and cold, the heat of the heart which causeth them to ascend, and the cold­ness of the brain causeth them to descend; this work continued, those Rhums must needs grow fixt, and considering that the salt of nature wil­lingly joyns, as salt would be in water as his proper vessel; hence ariseth those gross diseases, called Cronical, so called because they are out of the reach of Gallenecal Physick; every common Chimist doth know that long sublimation or cir­culation doth fix the subject, so that diseases of this gender are for the most part uncurable: and let all be warned betimes, when their head and teeth ake, and Rhums in their eyes, they slight it because they to appearance do amend, and ma­ny [Page 10] [...] [Page 11] [...] [Page 12]indeed doth, and too many fall into this gulf which doth not so appear it may be in seven years after, by that time their Rhums get a crown upon their head, they grow surly and appear in di­vers manners, as first sore pa [...]ns in the head, then the evil in the eyes, beware of blindness, then out goes the teeth with great pain, or else when this humor becomes more gross, then out they go with the Scurvey; then beware the Lungs, it is now grown sharp and corroding, then look unto the Region of the Bladder and Kidnes, and all the griefs that attend them; but if it do escape these, then look well to your hips for the Sciati­ca, and if you escape that then beware the feet: I know well that Paracelsus prescribes a fourfold ground or Radix of all diseases, but it doth not bend with my brain, I think it all lieth hear and touch one and touch all, and let that Medicine be produced in the world, and appear that is like unto my Pill that will both ease and cure these, some and all of these, at least consider what I have said and what further shall be said con­cerning it, it hath pritty well spoke for it self.

There are hundreds other diseases which all hange on this root, for as all diseases take their beginning of a Surfeit of one kind or other, so do they all finish in a Consumption, called death of one kind or other, and their variations are from the several complections and temperatures of men and their mixture, as Sanguin, Choller, Melancholly, Flegmatick, their temperature whe­ther hot, cold, moist, or dry, and the several com­poundings [Page 13]of these, all which passeth my brains, I do not know them for my self, and therefore undoubtedly cannot know them for any other, neither do I take it upon me, but my work teach­eth me to know that long circulation doth pro­duce fixing, and when fixt, its effects are more or less strong or weak, much or little according unto the degrees thereof.

A man is therefore truely called Microcosme, a little world, a world indeed of wonders; Solomon saith speaking of man, God hath set the world in his heart, and who can find it out? And in his Book of Wisdom, where he promiseth to teach us all wisdom, and the beginning of it, and whence it is, he telleth us something of his one beginning that he was born of a woman as all others are, and more he teacheth but of that nature, where­in he whispereth that man is the seat or subject of true wisdom, which you may read at your lea­sure.

A late but expert Philosopher telleth us in one of his Riddles, that he had been all his life time sailing twixt the Artick and the Antartick Poles, which in another place he calls his mouth and his belly; and who is so wise as to see the myste­ry of hunger, and what is it that hath power to satisfie its draught or atraction, and when hun­ger is satisfied, what the operation of nature is, untill it came unto the Antartick or Expulsive Pole, how forcibly nature will throw out the feculence, after curious nature hath drawn and elaborated the subject, and separated the quin­tesence; so that this little world hangeth up on [Page 12] [...] [Page 13] [...] [Page 14]the two Poles, atractive and expulsive; now then if there be a man in the world that knoweth himself, then would I ask what that man is igno­rant of; but if thou couldest as it were go out of thy self, and could diligently converse with thine one Intelligences, and the opperation of the threefold world in one, viz. Celestial, Intelligable and Terrestrial or Beastial, mixt with infernal thorow the fall of man. I say the vast Latitude and extent of man in all respects, thou wouldst find him such a mistery as hath whole nature con­tained in him, and consequently the variety of his Ailes are accordingly, whence very many take their root from the mind, and very many from secret Sympathy and Antepathy, which with a witness sheweth the presumption of Pispot Doctors, nay that man or hundredth man may be truely called wise that is able with their tongues to give a true Character of their one Ailes which I speak it boldly, not one of a hundred is able to do, and God knows they are administred to ac­cordingly; all which duely considered, thou wilt see reason and cause why the Ancients spent their time in searching out Medicines Universal.

I have therefore from the serious consideration of the premises, wholly set my self unto the stu­dy of Hemetick Physick, and that is wholly set on two things, Universality for safty when wis­ly administred and universality in opperation; and let it not seem to thee as a new or strange thing; this is evident in the Books of the Ancients as the height of their skill, and nothing more frequent in all their writings then receipts of Medicin [Page 15]Universal, as all that read can bear witness, and if I should give you their receipts, it would swell this little Book unto a great Volum.

I do affirm unto all men that there is nothing contained in all the three kingdoms of nature, viz. Mineral Vegetative and Animal, but that it doth contain in it self Medicin universal; suppose what you will in the world, if he grant that which no man can deny, viz. That all things created by the blessed Trinity are made of three, Salt, Sulphur and Mercury, then take I pray you what individual you please, suppose it to be a Vegetable any Herb of any kind for the Arcanus or Spirit of Life, is the same in all things, and separate by a natural process, these three substan­ces, give them their due cleansing, viz. for the Salt give a natural calcination, then disolve fil­ter coagulate, and again calcin repeating these so long untill they will yeild unto thee no more fecis; but be sure thy calcination do not excite too much, for thy Salt doth consist also of three sorts, a fixed Salt, and a Nitrous, and a Volitil, and if thou stir him too much be sure thou wilt give wing unto the Vollotil; this wisely prepared is a great treasure, be as careful and as natural in the cleansing and rectifying of thy Sulphur, and likewise of thy Mercury, each one according unto his kind and being cleansed according to Art, then conjoyn them according unto the poise of nature, then feed them by Vulcans hand, but let not his Bellows be to bigg untill all reunite a­gain, and do fix and make it lively; this work being finished, I do demand of all men what this [Page 16]wanteth of a universal Medicin or fifth essence: Now that Salt, Oyl, and Water will really be­come a body, is evident for the mediation of Oyl, or Fat, or Sulphur binds or brings together the two extreams, viz. Salt and Water, the one being fixed of kind, and the other being Volitil, the sweet Mediation of Sulphur brings these ex­treams into unity, and this is apparently seen in a vulgar working of sope, and although that working be violent and unnatural, yet is there such a conjugal imbracing each other performed and that in few hours as would pusle a good Ar­tist to undo truely for some moneths, if it can ever be done at all, it is not sables I speak of, nor scraped out of books without reason, but is the daily work and labor of my hand with reason upon experience that enforceth me to believe this matter, and I have spoke the more unto it, be­cause many that want not ignorance do laugh at a universal Medicin, but I am upon good grounds bound to believe that all and every thing in the world hath it, yea the most dispised creature, that the most high God hath created and made, and further I freely grant the least or worst of things that have being, doth carry so much of the Wisdom of its Creator in it, that the more I have and do labor to know its extent, the more I am at a loss, yea indeed I become the more a fool, confessing freely that I know nothing as I ought to know it, and if of creatures thus to speak in general, then what shall we say of the most choisest creature, man; this then I do certain­ly take also for granted, that there is no sickness [Page 17]or Aile attends the body of man, but his cure is of and from his one body, he always hath it with him if he knew how and what and when to ap­ply it to himself, either of his substance or of his excrements.

From hence may the miserable estate of poor man be discerned, who of all creatures when he is sick is the most helpless, miserable, full of tor­menting pains, and as ignorant of his one cure or what should cure him, for men in health think not on sickness untill they be sick; but spend their time in the beastiality and sordid covetings after the things and pleasures of this life, blinded in sin and drenched with Surfeiting, either abu­sing Gods creatures or themselves in inordinate desire after them, so that they neither know God in his word nor in his works, nor them­selves, or what is good to help them; one word further which sets out mans misery, and I hope may awaken some to amendment of life, I would ask, why is it a man suffers such intollerable pain in sickness and death more then a beast: I will give two reasons for it, first the intireness of na­tures composition together with the length of time in his maturation, for things where in na­ture hath but a weak and short time of coction ad­mits of a easie and suddain dissolution or separa­tion, every one in every thing discerneth this, but man hath the most perfect com­position of any thing that hath a animal life with sence and feeling, and add to that the great time he requires before he come up un­to his full strength, this must needs require some [Page 18]hard knocks in the dissolving as well as it did re­ceive time and strength in cocting. Secondly, that which is more then this, is the force of his imagination and apprehension both of death and of Gods displeasure for sin, all which doth make him so mightily sensible that the terrors of death is oft born before it come, as in Agag King of the Amalekites, a word to a wise man is sufficient, because this is not my proper discourse intended in this place.

What hath been said, let it admonish all men as they tender the wellfare of body or soul, not to be unfurnished for either, assuring that they will not be hurt by true knowledge, and do therefore conclude that the Medicin that streng­thens and comforts the Vital Spirits, fortifies the heart, and purgeth and cleanseth the blood, is a Universal Medicin, for what temper or quality aboundeth and exceeds the poise of nature, that is, he an enemy unto, as if a man have a Feavor, that I suppose will be granted to be too much fire, he is a perfect enemy of that, or if Wind, drives away that; these things are common with me performed with my Pill, judge of it as you please, & I shall count it sufficient thorow Gods rich mer­cy and goodness, frequently to cure and fre­quently to ease pains & Ailes counted uncureable.

It being tak [...] [...] granted that all diseases for the most part proceed from a poisonous quality Hetrogenial to na­ture: If any man list to deny or dispute this, I would gladly he informed by him.

For Agues, if this Pill be taken in reasonable doss two hours be ore the fit, and a glass of Sack or Ale drank [Page 19]after it, That is to say, so much as the Patient finds by good experience that they can bare and ob­serve this order two hours before the fit comes, take two Pills, & in the intrim of fits take one Pill.

The Patient being put into a warm bed disposed for sweat, at three tim [...]s taking it for the most part, is ab­solute cure, let it be never so malignant, The Pill working by sweat principally in this disease, re­quires a warm bed, and that two hours before the fit, because by that time the Pills will contribute their vertue all over the body, so that instead of having a cold and shaking fit, the patient will be a sleep and in a fine sweat, provided that you have given a right doss, that is so much as the strength of the patient can bare, & the disease doth require, it hath fallen out oft that one Pill alone hath cured an Ague, and it falls out that some that are compounded with other diseases, will not be cured with twenty, yet all do feel their benefit at the very first taking of it, which will give them incouragement sufficient to persevere and give it time, if it be so that the disease require it, for you may take notice that the Ague is but the beginning or forerunner of many other diseases, far worse then it self, as Dropsie, Scurvy, Jaundies, and ofttimes Consumptions, yet thorow the bounty of God, I have helped many far gone with all these with this Pill, and very little other things to help; it is also to be noted how irregu­lar many are in the use of means which will nei­ther give themselves time nor rest, but finding their fit at the first and second taking to be gone will no longer be ruled, and will take no more, [Page 20]and thus in six or eight dayes their fits come again whereas indeed they had need to take them at least fourteen dayes after the fits are gone, that nature may get strength, and the blood thorow­ly purged, and some that will not be ruled, have come again and again, and urged their business permitted them not, but some of these by that time the Winter have come unto its depth, their business has permitted them to dye, I do make mention of this to second my admonition, and I do warn and charge, that although the first Pill that you take to your thinking, hath conquered your Ague, that you notwithstanding expect it, as soon as the power of the Pill is wrought out, except you supply with another, and that for sometime you may fear its coming again; there is not any case wherein people have more abused themselves and me in my credit and my Pill, then in this business of Agues, all which might be easi­ly helped if people would follow home as they should, but let him that is disposed to play with his Ague, assure himself his Ague will not play with him; neither let him think that it will be set going with one violent portion, for experience telleth those that so doing they do but drive themselves into the Dropsie, as extream vomit­ting with unknown powders, not but that a vo­mit is rational and necessary with other means; there would be no end for me to write particulars the cures have been so many, for many hundreds have been cured herewith, and many have helped their friends with my Pills, whose faces I never [Page 21]saw, and they are a living testimony of the pow­er of my Pills.

The like for all kind of Feavors, onely in stead of Sack drink white wine, but if the Feavor have got head before this Pill be taken, and the patient weak and wanteth the benefit of nature by siege, there is a proper Glister to be taken to cleanse, open, and cool the pati­ent, but upon their life not to neglect the taking of the Pills. As to Feavors, through the bounty of Al­mighty God, I think greater wonders have hard­ly been seen; how speedily and effectually this Pill in few hours doth over-rule the disease, and in a little time doth cure them, as may appear by the instances following, One of my neighbors comes unto me, and brings another with her, and desired me to visit her daughter which lay at the point of death, about eleven or twelve yeers of Age, her sickness was a high Feavor accompanied with extream shortness and want of breath, lest of a very honest and able Doctor, who told her Father and Mother, that if she desired any thing, they should give it her, for he would not pre­scribe or give any thing more unto her; and fur­ther, that she could not live untill the morrow morning; she also said that she would desire me if I thought good, to give her any thing, if she should dye, yet it would be no discredit unto me, for they all looked upon her as dead, although she were alive, I went with her and took of the extract of my Pill, and truely I never saw in all my life greater weakness and yet live; at her mo­thers intreaty I gave her half a spoonful of my extract in White wine and Sugar, and said if it [Page 22]please God that she do sleep and sweat (for nei­ther of them she could not be brought unto) I do not much fear b [...]t that she may yet recover, while we were speaking a very little while her mother telling me the manner how she fell sick, she turn­ed her [...]elf about, said she, I think my child is a sleep already, I wished her to feel one her sore­head, and it was a little moist, I caused all to de­part the room, and I went home, this was at four in the afternoon, and just about eight the neighbor that came with her mother came in great hast, and told us that she had slept and sweat all that while, and now she was awaked, and called for meat, and they desired to know what they should give her; I will say no more of of this, what is said is true, and will speak for it self; it is sufficient through Gods wonderful bles­sing upon the Pill as the means this child is in per­fect health, as far as I am able to judge; neither do I doubt but this with other instances will stand in the face of envy it self, praised be God who giveth me many such like witnesses, whose re­cord is true and will stand on my behalf both in heaven and earth.

Another instance I will give you more strange then this, a Gentleman well known comes to me with a grave Gentlewoman with him, and he told me he had a onely son of about thirteen yeers old, who had laid sick of a Feavor about seven days, and that he neither did eat, sleep, nor sweat, but did burn as if he were one fire, and that for want of rest he did talk idle, and that he had used means uneffectual and did much fear his [Page 23]life, desired me to give something that might do him good, I gave with him a little bottle of the aforesaid extract of my Pill, and willed them to make hast and presently give him one spoonful in two of White wine and Sugar, which as it ap­pears they did; I told them as I did unto the o­ther, that if it did produce sweat and sleep, I did not doubt the recovery of his son (in an or­dinary way of Gods providence) and that I had daily experience in like cases; and I further wil­led them to give him the like portion every half day untill he was well, if they thought good to fol­low my advice (which advice cost them nothing) about two days after the ancient Gentlewoman comes again with the same bottle, and I am sure I did hardly miss one spoonful, in so much that I would have forced her, if I could, to have taken all her mony again, but I could not; and she said that they made haste as I bad them, and what was wanting they gave it him at that time, and he presently fell asleep, and also into a gallant brea­thing sweat, and so he lay asleep in his sweat six hours (for nature having ease, the patient will soon sleep) and then he waked and called for meat, which they gave him, and it did well agree with him, to all their exceeding joy and comfort, and said she he is very well, and doth continue sleeping well and orderly, and also eating his meat, and I give you a hundred thanks, and have brought you your bottle again, it may please God it may save the life of another, for he never took it but once; now I do assure you, God Al­mighty the faithful and true witness knoweth [Page 24]that to my best knowledge, I have not erred, no not in one tittle as to the substance of the relati­on; unto him therefore be all obedience thanks­giving, praise and glory forever Amen.

The general rules that I follow in giving this Pill, whether it be in a Pill or in a extract is to be­gin with little enough at first, wherein is both pleasantness and safty, for some have foolishly flung off at once taking, because they it may be have sleeped a hour or two longer then they ex­pected, and it may be sweat more then and longer then they were willing, these it is evident com­plain of ease, yet is there own fault for taking it it their own way, and not after my direction.

It helpeth all Headach and Toothach, Experience which is the truest informer, speaks aloud in this matter also, for if a little Pill be applied unto the Tooth, it (while one can tell fourty) gives ease, and often times never troubles more for that time. I was once with two or three friends in cold weather, drinking a pot of hot Purle at the corner of Broadstreet, the maid of the house almost mad with her Teeth, and her Mistris said she was ready to knock her brains out for mad­ness, I gave her about four grains in a little Pill, and bid her lay it to the aching Tooth which she did, and presently went to draw us drink, who came presently up again laughing, my friends thought I had conjured, they could hardly be­lieve her that her Teeth did ach, she affirmed they were well and all her pain gone. I gave her a Pill to take when she went to bed to make all sure, which it did perfectly so that her teeth ached not [Page 25]while she staid in that house; many such like I might relate, but because I suppose belief in this must be granted, it is so common that many do much help this way as I never hear of in all parts of the City and Country, but my advice is to take it in a good doss and go to bed, & if they could be great to take three or four, so it will do thee many good offices besides the help of the Tooth­ach, for if the defluction of Rhums be high, and there appear unto their present seeling, nothing but pains of Teeth, yet if they make not use of good means to stop and dry up that humor, they may expect the Scurvy, Consumption or Dropsie to follow, whereby their lives will spend out in misery and hast them to death; and for the Head-ach it is as ready help, and all kind of pains in the Head, I never knew any grief of the Head stand with it but one, and the Gentleman said it was called a Virtego, what that is I am not so wise, but this I know, that the party grieved, said he always was pained with a scalding twixt the skin and the skull of his head; and I think but that I durst not to be so bold with him, if this Pill had been applied unto the skull of his head it would have reached it better, but for any other pain or grief, although never so bad or of long standing it doth over-rule it, It dries up dropping Rhums, Catarhs which destroy the Lungs: Blessed be God I speak it with joy, the many which this Pill hath helped both in City and Country, which have been left of great and able men, and some of them so weak that they have not been able to come to me; at this instant one man Northum­berland-Alley, [Page 26]a lost man in all appearance, and in his and his wives judgements, even at once is a living monument of Gods mercy and the Pills power and efficacy; I do verily believe I might have Certificates of hundreds of this grief onely, if I would desire them under their own hands, with their place of dwelling, I do know well that the more good I am an instrument to do the more some will envy; I may not look to speed better then he that was without sin.

Presently helpeth any cold Cough or Surfeit, which is also true, that although a mans Cough were never so violent, yet shall he not Cough that night he takes a Pill till towards morning a little, then it may be he may Cough a little to cast forth his Rhums thickned, for lying twixt Head and Lungs defends the one and sends up sweet vapon▪ in to the other that there is no Coughing; many people of great age at the gates of death to their thinking, God blessing this Pill unto them are re­vived, and comfortably in joy themselves and are at ease in joying their breath in good order, which before was ever ready to strangle; I do perswad [...] my self that the world never injoyed a more substantial help for all griefs of this kind, and let m [...] tell thee plainly and freely if the first Pill tha [...] thou shalt take do not sufficiently speak for it self▪ I do assure thee that I desire to say nothing, nei­ther will I perswade thee to take a second.

There is in London a Agedand honorable Alder­man which for some years was much trouble with a Distillation or Defluction of Rhums from his head, this Gentleman spent and took mu [...] [Page 27]for the same of sundry of the greatest note, but to no purpose as he informeth me himself, the first Pill of mine that ever he did take, although but a little one, did stop his Distillation, that he did not Cough all that night, unto his great won­der, and I thank him he did in my vindication send unto those whose things before proved un­effectual, and let them know what one small Pill of mine had done, which did win me and my Pills great credit; there would be no end of wri­ting of particulars, we hardly pass a day without experiences of this kind thanks be to God; and for such kind of colds as carry the symptoms of Ague or Feavor with them, if you take it be­times and in reasonable quantity as the Patient may bear, it is seldom but that one Pill brings you off master, but if not (for it is according as the strength of the infection is) yet continue and with small patience all will be overcome; I speak by experience, for I have oft in cold and foul weather come home with the apparent signs of both Feavor and Ague, and then I hast to bed, taking one Pill just presently, for every minuit would be to loss; and about four or six hours after I tooke another, always having by me a bottle of good Strong Waters, that in case of faintings I may refresh my self with a spoonful or two there­of, either by it self or mixed with Ale or Beer; and keeping this order that fever nor one in ten stayes with me above twenty four hours, or to keep me in a doors all the next day, if the wea­ther be favorable, and for any Surfeit either of diet, drink, or labor, or any other way, it is as [Page 28]ready help as possibly the nature of the disease will permit; but if the Surfeit be by meat or drink it will work variously, sometimes by vomit, and most frequently, and sometimes by purging one­ly, and sometimes by both, and if the Surfeit be long taken, it will work higher then by Sweat and Urin, and will cause the patient to break out more or less according as the nature and degrees of the patient is, whereby thorow the blessing of God, it hath eminently saved the lives of many, as I will give you here a few instances.

A lusty & strong young man upon strong labor being both hot and dry, met with small Beer, and he dranke freely, which did chill his fat and blood within him, he suddainly was sensible and betook himself unto his bed, where he lay in a desperate condition, none expecting his life could be saved, his wife comes to me for him, making great complaint that they had spent all that they had, and words to that purpose, I gave her Pills and heard no more of her: about three or four months after by a mear accident I was with some where also this man was in company, I knew not him, nor he knew not me, till by the dis­course of the company, he gained knowledge that it was I who gave Pills at the Tower, and he did there before them all, make a relation of his long sad condition, and that his wife found fa­vor, said he, with this Gentleman, who gave me freely a small pot of stuff to make Pills on, and the first Pill, said he, that ever I did take, I did find my spirits revive within me, and I never had more; and Sir I crave pardon for my unthankful­ness [Page 29]unto you, and now give you a hundred thanks, for under God you saved my life, &c. this man is alwayes ready to speak to the full height of what I have said, and much more both of himself and friends.

Another man coming up from Manchester in cold weather, a man that use to be much in the fire, and also to keep company, by that time he got unto London, his spirit was spent, having got Surfeit upon Surfeit, and being both perverse and also covetous, resolved to dye rather then fall in­to any Doctor, Apothecary, or Chirurgeons hand, his brother and sisters perswasions were all in vain, he being resolved to lay his bones here, as he said, at last his brother thought of me, and said unto him, that he would bring a man to him that was neither Doctor nor Apothecary, then he began to hearken a little, but what was I then? an Alchimist (which he understood as well as Wallthams Calf) I was brought (for I could not say my friend his brother nay) and found him in a lumpish heartless temper, and burning in a Fea­vor, he regarded little what I said, neither would be perswaded to take any thing, till I hav­ing made three little Pills, and first I took one my self, then his brother took the second, and when he saw that, he for shame took the third, it did vex me, & yet it was some pleasure to see the hoggish temper of the man; I hasted and made two and left them for to take at other nights if he liked the working of that in his belly, and the all that I made was but little ones, partly because of the mans exceeding timorousness, and partly because of my [Page 30]self being from home, I willed him to hast to bed and be kept warm; I came the next morning to to see my patient, he coughed and told me he was much better, gave me many thanks, his bro­ther protested that they heard him break wind in the night (as he and his wife lay in the Chamber over him) as if he would have blowed the bed from under him; and also when he came down to see him that his Rugg with which he was co­vered, did stand all on a dew, his sweat coming thorow all the bed cloaths, he got up while I was there, and did eat a little of a Neck of Mutton the first meat that he did eat at London, and as I stood talking with him, I thrust the two Pills to­gether, and made up the number out of my box which he did not perceive; but the first had done the work, for they both did not near work so high with him as the first did, and in three dayes time this man was as well as ever he was in his life, and as chearfully went about his business; unto God whose commandment gives healing, be all praise and glory for ever, I confess I did re­ceive too much respect, being but a poor weak instrument of so great and miraculous a work, considering the time of its performing, and I was as thorowly rewarded, for when he returned to Manchester, he sent me the best Cheshire Cheese he he could buy for mony, as he promised me for my cure. I have given you the particulars with their circumstances in this and in divers other in­stances for good reason, which is, that the igno­rant thereby, together with my punctual directi­on might be well instructed, how in all cases they [Page 31]order themselves in making use of this Pill, for by experience I find, both say and write what I will for direction many forget, and many will do what they list, but I hope all will hold me excu­sed, having afforded rules in abundance for di­rection, viz. be sure aat first to take little enough and by little and little come on in quantity as you can bear it, and as your condition requires it (a wise man will cut his meat with his knife, but it may be that a mad man will cut his throat there­with, yet notwithstanding the knife is good and necessary.)

One instance which comes now to my mind, I will tell you, A very good friend of mine well known amongst Trades men, were feasted by his Landlord at the time of paying his rent, with Venison and Respass wine, and being free and merry did eat and drink freely thereof, but did not at all disgest the same, this one Saturday mor­ning, he found himself indisposed, and not well all the day, and grew worse and worse; at night he took one of my Pills (always having them in the house ready upon all occasions) and goes to bed, in two hours time he begun to vo­mit, which he did very much with much illness, and as it may be supposed, wanted the most part of the benefit thereof (in that case I would advi­sed to have took another) notwithstanding he vomitted and drunk much all night with great violence, and he burned inwardly and was most unsatisfiedly dry (his drinking was out of mea­sure) but still inwardly burned worse and worse, and being spent grew very weak and feeble, in [Page 32]so much that his wife and friends did dispair of life; and I being locked up in the Tower could not be spoke with till betwixt six and seven in the morning; being sent for I hasted and took with me one gill of my Antidote, for Pills I knew they had in the house, and when I came to him, he was so weak he could not speak unto me, his face and nose, his hands and feet was all as cold as earth, I had little hopes of his life, for contrary unto these his stomach did burn like fire, which indeed caused him to pour into his belly so much small Beer, and by this time had no strength to evacuate it again, that his Surfeit now was double as well from unreasonable drinking of small Beer, as of Respass wine and Venison, with his wives good liking I gave him three spoonfuls of my An­tidote in four spoonful of Treacle water (praying for a blessing, yet much feared his life) it gave him a little ease as we conceived by his quiet ly­ing, I hoped all vomiting had been staid, think­ing that to have been the best for him, he lay still while one might tell treatably half a thousand or thereabout, then he began to stretch out himself and turned up the white of his eyes, we all that were spectators was sorely distressed for him, ex­pecting nothing but that his last breath was going from him, but contrary unto our expectation he gathered up his seet and twisted himself about and start up, a great Bason much like a Barbars bason being ready, which he had used in the night, and there at once comes up such a full torrent as his mouth could admit, which quickly filled the great Bason, such a vomit as I never beheld in [Page 33]all my life, and am perswaded never shall again, and in the end of it comes his Respass wine, and his Venison unwrought on by nature, for it is e­vident, that all the former vomitting did not reach the root of the matter, this vomit being o­ver, and another Bason ready, he gave again a­nother easie strain and brought up again my Anti­dote just as he put it into his belly, both for quanti­ty and collour, as neer as we could guess; look you said his wife unto me, here is your stuff again, well said I, blessed be God for this stuff, he hath done well for this time the Lord make us thank­ful; I would not for more then I will speak of, your husband had dyed, you would have thought ill of me and my Antidote, thorow the goodness of God this man was about his business in two dayes time; this my friend with all the rest pre­sent are ready to witness what I have said, and more touching this matter, unto God eternal im­mortal Lord of life and death, be praise and hon­nor and glory for ever Amen, for he taketh the strong and hardy, and casteth them unto the dust of death according to his will; and again he tak­eth that which is ready to dye and restores it to life at his good will and pleasure, and who is he of the hardiest of men that can withstand God.

It removes pains of the Breast, trembling of the Heart, cleanseth the Blood. I have not known any pains stand before it, but in Feavors, or any other grief wherein is great crying out of pains and oppres­sions of the Breast, but the first Pill gives relief; there is a very aged woman by me on Tower-hill, [Page 34]hard by the Scaffold, who was almost off of her leggs with extream trembling and aching of her Heart, which was occasioned thorow a fright and much grief and she took this Pill for almost or al­together this three years, and thanks be to God is now lusty and for stronger and better then when she began to take it at first; that it is a forcible cleanser of the blood it is evident by its univer­sal sweating and purging by Urin.

It helpeth suddain fits of Sounding and Convulsions. A young man much troubled with fits, and oft would fall down and foam in his fits; I do not know what to determine them to be, and with the use of this Pill and my Oyl of Amber, found present relief, which he thankfully acknowledg­ed beyond expectation, and very many of each Sex and Ages frequently have received the like benefit.

It drunk with whit-wine, cleanseth the Reins and Kidnies of Gravel, openeth the Ʋrany passages, drive [...] out the stone, if it be not coagulated, and oft times at Ʋrine sends forth like jaggs of cloth of paper of sundry collours. Of its power in cleansing the Reins, Kid­nies and Bladder, many hath plentifully found by good experience, to their exceeding joy and com­fort. A good friend of mine going to Colchester, finds a kinswoman very sick and near death of the stone and Gravel, he gave her two or three, I am not certain, but he brought me home five or six stones of considerable bigness full of sharp spikes as pin points and three square which I have reser­ved, they also seemed as if they had been hung upon a string, many more there were which we [Page 35]have not, but thorow the goodness of God this woman, although near eighty, at once recovered hereon, praised be God.

A man that came from Ireland who had married a Irish whore who had a husband of her own Countrymen, did poison this English man three times, the last time wrought so strongly that it took him off his business, his hair and nails came off; this man very weak came to England in hope of relief; this man had a perpetual thirst, and did drink without measure, but could not Urin it out so that he was swelled ready to burst, and all means which could be gotten could not help him until God so ordered it that I heard of him, for a very good friend of his did desire my charitable assistance, I sent him six Pills which wrought such happy effects, that after one of them given him, he fell a making of water, so out of mea­sure that he filled what was by him for that service and then had no retention but let all go in his bed, his friend had for him one quarter of an ounce more; I never saw the man nor never heard more of him, but what I have said is the true and faith­ful relation of his friend as near as I am able to give it you.

A very old man in Ducksfild-lan [...], lay at the point of death with the Stone, and could make no water for many dayes and nights together, so that in the judgement of his neighbors there was no hope of his life, one of his neighbors which did know the worth of my Pills, came unto me and desired me to administer unto him, I told her [Page 34] [...] [Page 35] [...] [Page 36]that she knew well enough that I never did un­dertake any thing, and that she knew well e­nough the power and force of my Pills, and if she should venter to give it him, I would give her some, but to give it him by my advice, I would give none, blaming her for letting it be drove so far, & the old man near death, she replied the case was desperate and other means was uneffectual, and she would give him a good Pill although he did dye, for there was no way else but that for him; I gave her Pills with her, she gives him a good Pill, the old man by reason of pain had not slept for many nights and days, he presently falls a sleep, and slept four or five hours, and when he waked calls for a pot, and did so Urine, that they had hardly things to receive it, and of a suddain this man was up and about his business, blessed be God for all his unspeakable mer­cies.

A loving friend of mine who lives at present at Chattam who knew well the worth and safty of my Pill, by much experience he had made, hav­ing a friend of his that was much, troubled with the Stone and difficulty of making water, my friend gives him a good Pill, and the next day as he stood draining against a Brick wall to make water, at last there flew out a stone from him and snapt against the Brick wall where he stood, of an incredible biggness to be of a mans voiding, upon which this man was wonderfully released to his great comfort, which Stone my friend bring; to us and we have it at this present by us; unto God Almighty be all thanksgiving for ever.

[Page 37]A man comes unto me in behalf of his wife, a young woman that was desperately afflicted, but none could tell her what her grief was, not­withstanding the woman was weary of her life; her pains and knawing at her Breast was so excee­ding much, and the most conceived she had the foul disease (it was indeed a foul disease) and I did also mistrust it, and I think the woman did like­wise, but notwithstanding made many protesta­tions for her self, I let them have Pills for their money, not doubting but they would make a discovery what the matter was and so it was that my Pills did provoke strong vomiting, and at last comes up (as her husband telleth me) a thing that either was a worm or like a worm, but it had a strange ugly head, and was at least twelve or fourteen inches in length, I did not see it, nor could hear any more of it.

A woman at Richmond, a long time grieved, but knew not what her grief was, but fore oppres­sed at her Breast, a neighbor of hers gives her one of my Pills which caused her to vomit in a strong and violent manner she brought forth at her mouth clots of putrified blood, and matter of divers collours that hung together that it might be drawn out betwixt ones hands, and like jaggs of linnen, cloth, or paper, thorow Gods blessing it, did preserve her, and she in good health at this day praised be God for his rich mercy and goodness.

A very ancient Gentleman well known in the City of London, being much afflicted with the Stone and Gravel in the Kidnies, riding unto his [Page 38]Country house, received a very gentle fall from his horse upon the sand, notwithstand it did stir him too much, insomuch as that his Urin was all blood, and as might be guessed in reason that the Stones in the Vessel wherein they were bred being sharp pointed, pricked the Kidnies which might pro­duce bleeding; this Gentleman being careful of himself, caused a Coach to be that night sent for and hasted to London, where in reason help might be attained, and such was his care, that when the Coach came in hard and stony way, he got out of the Coach and went gently one foot, he applied himself unto the best means for help, as in reason were to be attained, but still in vain, in so much that he did much fear his life, by reason of his much bleeding, and as near as he could guess, he had lost above two Gallons of blood and wat­ter, a friend of mind visiting him, perswaded him to take some of my Pills, which he did, and with good and happy effect, for it did both stop his bleeding, and yet also brought away handfuls of Gravel; this Gentleman came unto me for more of my Pills, and this is the true relation as near as I am able to remember, and thorow Gods mercy is ready to attest above what I have written, prai­sed be God who gives life from death at his good will and pleasure.

An Aldermans wife of this City being also grievously wasted with a flux of blood, that her condition was very doubtful, a woman that I am perswaded fears the Lord in truth, she desired to speak with me to take my Pills, and in two or [...]ree days finds great relief, and in a day or two [Page 39]more perfectly healed, and she was about her business, blessed be the God of all our mer­cies.

A woman by Bishops-gate, newly brought to bed but very sick of inward griefs, takes one of my Pills, which did bring a Stone I might guess as bigg as my great finger end, but long and one end much bigger then the other, her little daugh­ter lighting one it, did bite off, as she said the bigger end, and if true, then was it bigger then I have spoken, she brought it us and left it for some moneths with us; further she telleth us that this Pill did bring from her by siege a thick hard congealed matter discoloured, and like Or­ange Pills, at which they did more wonder then at the former; this woman did recover and in­joy much ease and health long after it; the most high who dwelleth with him that is of a humble heart and trembleth at his word, be all praise and glory for ever Amen, for I am perswaded this woman did truely fear the Lord, and put her whole trust in him.

A gentlewoman that was rich, but of adiscon­tented Spirit, being near the point of death heard of my Pills; she took of it, but not according to my rules, but did mix it with stuff of her own; she lived about twelve months after she did be-begin with them, but got no ground but grew weaker and weaker, till at last she took the Pills a­lone, and when she was so weak that she would take no earthly thing, neither bread nor broth, nor any Cordial either of her own or of any o­ther bodies she would take a little of my Pill, and [Page 40]that alone did keep her alive, and sustain her for ten dayes, to the great wonder and astonishment of all about her, and had the use of her fences so far as to be much troubled at her kindred about the dividing of her estate, for she had no child and was rich; this is a true relation, which the Nurse which was alwayes with her doth give me.

A very old man near death and bed-rid for a good while meets with my Pill I know not how, and did revive exceedingly; his Son in law be­ing accidentally in my company, told me how it did lift up his father from the grave beyond all expectation; I willed him to be careful of him, and told him that if he did neglect him one night it would indanger his life; about three months as I do remember, I met him again, said he to me but that I know you are an honest man, I should have thought you had been a Witch, for said he, we forgot to send for Pills till it was too late, and the next day my father dyed, then I remembred what you said.

Another old man near fourscore being lame in his limbs, and also greviously afflicted with a Rupture, was bed-rid and could in no wise help himself not so much as to Button his Doublet, and to all demonstration was very near his end, this man with the use of my Pills did begin to feel his arms and limbs, so that he could do some necessa­ry offices for himself, and continuing began to stagger upon his leggs, and to feel himself upon his, Cruches, and in short time this man first threw away one Cruch and then another, so that now [Page 41]at this time this old man will go from Ratcliff to to Westminster, and back again in a day, on his feet about his business, with onely a little short stick in his hand, praised be God.

A very old man upward of fourscore, lay two yeers bed-rid meeting with my Pill did so reco­ver, that as his servant tells me that the last Sum­mer he did buy him a horse to take his pleasure in the Country withall.

A Knight lay bed-rid and lame of all his limbs in the Kings Bench, in such sort as that he could not scarcely stir one finger, but his hands & fingers pulled on heaps, this Knight received six Pills which had so happy effect on him as at once un­tied and set him at liberty, he sent for me, I did not make so much hast to come at him as he de­sired, my friend from whom he had the Pills, goes to visit him, and he had took horse and was gone about his business, thanks be alwayes given to God.

Also upon Tower-hill doth live another old man aged fourscore and six years, who for some years lay bed rid and past hope, as to this world, this man with the use of my Pill doth now com­fortably injoy himself, and ruleth over all his pains and A [...]les, and doth rise up and walk up and down the house and keep the fire side warm, and prevents his kindred of their expectations, to his great ease and comfort; to God alone who com­mands and it is done, be all praise and thanksgiv­ing for ever more Amen.

In Coleman-street also liveth a very aged wo­man, who for a long time went to Fish-street to [Page 42]setch sewing work, and thorow much weak­ness made five or six restings by the way with very great pain and grief; in a little time making use of my Pills doth now go it with ease and with­out any stop or turn, for which the old woman doth return all hearty praise and thanks unto God. I solemnly protest that I do in my consci­ence believe that I do receive more strength and nourishment by a good Pill, then from the best meales meat that ever I eat in all my life, and therefore the madness of those do appear which thorow their ignorance do charge my Pill with destroying Nature, but the best is, those that so do, are such as never took any of it, they may better be allowed to spend their verdict, both old and young that use it find the contrary by good experience; for I do not commend a thing in the air, or beyond Sea, but a thing that near or alto­gether one quarter of a pound is taken every night, and certain things concerning it may be attained; and I do wonder at the shameles slan­ders and forgeries of some, that one would think should a little more respect their credit, but it is best for me to let them forge on till they are weary; I am perswaded their lying is the way to make me thrive.

Sometime since I met a very good friend who was not well, I gave him six large Pills fit for his own taking, but they being all run into one by that time he came home, his wise made the six up into nine, and that night she took six of the nine, regarding not rule or order that I had given and indeed any of the six had been a portion suf­ficient [Page 43]for her to take; this woman about twelve a clock in the night began to vomit and so cou­tinued till ten the next day; and much foul mat­ter it brought from her, and after she had gained rest and received meat she found her self well and much eased of her oppressions; a while after I met her husband, who thanked me for working a wonderful cure upon his wife, I replied I ne­gave her any thing, then he told me what his wife had done, and said, that although he was afraid that she had killed her self, yet it proved very happily, for said he, your Pills have not onely cured all the pains and illness of her body, but likewise they have cured all her ill conditi­ons too, at which I and some friends with me fell a laughing; why said he it is true, for before she took your Pills she was so apt to be angry and peevish, I could please her in nothing, but since she took those Pills, she is the lovingest wo­man that may, and so pleasant that I give you thanks for them for my wise, for I my self took none of them; although this story is matter of laughter to those that heard it, and a Proverb unto this day, and it may be as ridiculous to you that read it, yet if you please to consider that it is pain that oftentimes makes peevish, the ease of pain doth remove away such peevish­ness.

A woman comes to me sorely afflicted along time in all her limbs, and her torment was such as is not to be credited; the woman I perceived was exceeding sensible, and in most greivous extremity cried out, I hasted and gave her of my [Page 44]Pills, she comes the next day and did so load me with thanks and praise that my heart did ake within me, least God should be dishonored; this poor woman giving so much to me.

A Lady of an honorable family in this Nation, was sorely tormented all over her body accom­panied with shaking of joynts, was held sixteen weeks under no small means, but to as small ef­fect, she sends for me in great haste, she desired my help, I presented her with such things as I had, whereof my Pills was chief; the first Pill that she took, took off her great pains, and when I came there about two dayes after, her pains was not onely gone, but her joynts lay as quiet­ly together as my own did, for when I first took her by the hand, her bones did start and tremble, as if they would never came near each other again; I say no more, God will requite every one according as his work shall be.

It also sends forth by vomit or otherwise clods of blood, breaks inward Imposthums to astonishment, and effectu­ally easeth pains got by Surfeits, cold or bruises, whereby many secret and hidden griefs are cured which other­wise could not be discovered. A Plummers wife in Bishopsgate-street, having five years before re­ceived some wrong in her delivery of two chil­dren, in which time of five years she was sorely afflicted with sundry griefs and pains, and fits of falling and swounding, in so much that this wo­man was very weary of her life, and whatsoe­ver means she used it proved uneffectual to her, but her pains and griefs did still increase upon her, and by accident I met with her husband at a [Page 45]friends house, who speaking of his wives misery withal said, as poor as he was he would give ten pounds for his wifes help, I replied and asked him if he would give ten groats: I gave him six Pills with him, and before they was spent she sent me word she was in a new world, and that she, for ought she knew, was as well as ever she was in all her life time, that the Pills thorow Gods blessing had sully freed her from her griefs, and that they did so handle her, that by vomit she did bring up such clods of blood, congealed matter, that she was fain with her thumb and fingers to pull it out of her mouth; and further that they did send forth by Urin as strange mat­ter to great ease and comfort, although to her great wonder and astonishment, this woman re­mains in health to this day, and will not spare to give testimony hereunto, thanks be given to God.

Another woman being left for a dead woman, took one of my Pills which caused her to vomit up a pint of matter as if it came out of a sore which no doubt but it did; she sent for an able Chyrurgeon to see it, who said it was better in her bason then in her breast; she kept it two dayes for me to see it, but I saw it not; it pleaseth God thus wonderfully to bless its use, for many grieved some years together and cannot tell what they ail, and all that they do advise with are in several tales concerning what they ail; this Pill when taken assaults it, and by the grace of God continuing with it, and if curable doth cure it.

[Page 46]A very old man upward of fourscore, being very weak with loosing his blood at Urin, for a­bove three years together, meets with my Pills, presently found ease, & in a little time quite stopt his Urin of blood, but brought way by Urin a­bundance of Gravel and Skins like jaggs of paper, for sometime; this man hath used my Pill for this three years unto his great comfort, and at this day is very hearty, chearful and in health, and his Urin clear as any other bodies, blessed be God which takes away youth and reneweth old age at his good pleasure, and indeed it is wonder­ful to hear the happy tidings which people do bring us every day, and many who have affirm­ed to us that they sold and pawned what they had, and spent it in seeking for help but in vain have here either for nothing or for a small matter found cure, and doth fill our ears with the large acknowledgements of Gods good hand in bles­sing this Pill; and truely my spirit is much more refresht to hear such returns, although it be not a penny advantage unto me more then the receiving of mony where I have truely deserved it, unto God alone I desire with my whole heart may be ascribed all praise and thansgiving for all his wonderful mercies which he is pleased to shew unto the poor and needy who put their trust in him.

Further more this Pill helpeth the French diseases (commonly called the Pox or French Pox) if it be efectu­ally used. Before I come to shew its effectual use as to this disease, I must crave leave to speak a lit­tle, but tenderly to two or three sorts of people, [Page 47]for ordinarily this disease comes not without a­bundance of wickedness, and I tremble to think of it, much less to set down his cure without pro­testing one Gods behalf against those accursed ways that brings men into it, and indeed were it not for the sakes of many good men and women whom I do judge in my conscience to be chast, and are infected thorow the wickedness and un­faithfulness of their yoak fellows I durst have said nothing of it at all, and although these are but few in number comparatively, yet far be it from any honest mind to deny them help; Solomon in his Proverbs saith, Stolen water is sweet, and bread in secret is pleasant; but they consider not that death is there, and that those steps lead down to hell, and such is the ahborring of my soul against this wickedness whereby this disease is for the most part gotten and come by, that it is a sore fear least I should be a means to help any miscreant to suddain cure, that is resolved to persevere in this abomination, and double his sins against the God of mercies; and forasmuch as the righetous judgements of God overtake the wicked plagu­ing them even in the force of their lusts; shall I be an instrument of their relief yet to sin, God forbid it, but for those that truely repent and shew it by a chast conversation, I should think it a happiness to be a healer, an easer of the pains and sores of all such; yea I profess my self the ser­vant of all such; but as I said Gods just severity is most conspicuous upon these who sport, and as they imagin pleasure themselves, striving to sa­tisfie and fullfil (but in vain) their beastiality; and [Page 48]were they not left and given up of God unto a sordid slavery unto the fullfilling the desires and Iusts of their concupisence bond slaves to hell and the devil, they would easily discern they labor altogether in vain; for can the ocean, the gulf or grave, say it is enough, or what man laboring to fulfil his desire is not ten times further off by being vassallaged more thereunto, can desire be ever satisfied or filled; and so always is the quiver of a Whore always open and cannot be filled, but like the grave ever craves give, give, and he that is appointed to perdition is taken by her; the wise King tells that a Whore is a deep pit, and the ab­horrd of God do fall therein, a dreadful precipe, God grant ears to hear it while the day of hope lasteth, and it is my hope to admonish by this unto the preservation of many, and how light soever this unclean wickedness is accounted, yet let all the guilty know their names are accounted amongst those that shall not inherit eternal life, but for ever receiving their portion in the black­ness of darkness, from the presence of the Lord for ever; O thou adultrer and adultress would God thou couldst hear; but thou, O thou who already hast received the beginning of torment▪ how miserable of mankind art thou above all o­ther, and to thy further judgement know that when thy now rotting body is destroyed, thou a­gain shalt receive a spirituous body capable of bearing and receiving a flood of wrath, and as then thou hast received a body spirituous that shall remain unto eternity, so will the vengeance of God be powred out against all ungodliness; [Page 49]now thou hast but a taste, and yet O how thou roarest out as thy limbs rot, but what is that to that ocean or expansion of wrath prepared; let this awaken thee, if thou be not past feeling, to repentance, to break off I say thy sins by true and timely repentance; God Almighty open thy eyes to see thy redoubled misery, that so thou maist inquire after mercy, then the blood of Christ will be precious unto thee, but wo is upon us who are born in a giddy drunken age, drunk, but not with wine, and here also I cannot get forward, but must crave leave to trace this a lit­tle, and you will be sensible that it lies consen­trick with the former, and now I come to speak unto a second sort of people, amongst whom I believe there are many that have received in their souls the power of endless life; I speak of those that have shewed great zeal and forwardness in building Tabernacles for God to dwell in, who have posted into Churches, and rushed upon all Ordinances, which things are good if perform­ed with clean hands and pure hearts, but wo is me when I consider the works of the unwary, the headdiness and presumptions of many, and in my time and observation within this twenty five years passed, having been an eye witness of the beginning, rise, and fall of many; I cannot but speak a word (although Gently) unto these, and am forced to speak it aloud, because I by woful experience have found them dull of hear­ing, for many amongst them puffed up have miserably faln into this pit, many of whom I fear have not yet repented, or if they have, yet bear [Page 50]with me, it is not yet to me evident, sure I am this Pit is not for Saints to fall into, not many re­turns, Although your way if returning is broad and easie, yet I much fear not so with God, it were well if justice in this case went hand in hand with mercy, that those that sin not might he admoni­shed and fear, which is one principal end of re­jection, but these alas with ease find entrance, but not so with others in other cases less material, it were well if you were clean every whit, not­withstanding the feet must be washed, the ini­quity of the heel strove against, many lift their head on high, and I pray God keep them from falling, it is a dangerous thing for men to make idols of Ordinances, to put more in the dipping of water then in the regenerating of the spirit, there is a golden mine, he is happy that finds it and walks therein, there is a promised spirit to direct when we turn to the right hand, and when we turn unto the left, to too many neglect or dispise visible Ordinances, and too many plant their Religion in them, and in divers forms will prepare Taber­nacles for the God of Israel, but unto us there is but one God, and one rule of righteousnesse, men will at all rates have a covering, but the wo be­longs to them that cover not by and with his spi­rit, let me in much sobernesse inquire of you, and it would be a joyful tune if indeed you would consider whether your rash and hasty zeal run­ning upon Ordinances not spirited from on high, have not been an occasion of stumbling and of falling unto many, for having no sealing pre­sence, but rather a barrennesse which from thence [Page 51]as in your hands may be called presumptious; I say this discovers that men seeing no beauty to enli­ven them, faint; How many have you with sighs complaining that they are filled with deadnesse in your assembling, but at home when they exer­cise their mediations on the riches of free mercy in Christ, then filled with consolation.

You may note, that at this time and in his place I would say no more then to awaken you to consider how you have been an occasion of stumbling to many from the aforesaid grounds, I freely spare you, coveting rather to cover then to discover; neither would I charge all for the faults of some, but this I must say, it is like to go ill when the ruling spirit is the spirit of this world, when the whole head is sick and the heart heavy; what should I say to make you hear and yet cover you all over with love, the most high cover you when he maketh inquisition for blood, when his dead body shall live, when his righteousnesse shall arise, when he hath purged Jerusalem with the spirit of fire, and with the spirit of burning, then will he be a defence upon all your glory, and not till then, but evident it is your glory he stains, neither is he any defence upon it; an account must be given who required these things at your hands, when many shall say we have done these and these things in thy name, it will be said, I know you not, it will be then wo unto the sin­ners in Sion, fear shall surprize the hypocrit [...], that generation of men at this time will be to seek which say stand further of I am more holy then thou; those I speak of which are pure in their [Page 52]own eyes and is not washed from their filthines [...], those who separating themselves from those fro [...] whom Jesus Christ doth not separate himself▪ those which make dipping the ground of the [...] communion & not union with Christ, it is a wo [...] ­der to look back and consider the firy zeal of [...] ­ny, and whereunto it hath tended; God grant the rest may be admonished to pray and wait u [...] ­till the Temple be opened in heaven and a live [...] Vision of the Ark of his Covenant, the presump­tions of men now in this dark and smoky day [...] to be wondred at, but it is evident no ma [...] can enter till the appointed time, and in­deed it is evident that excepting those Ordi­nances which are granted in common, whic [...] indeed are spirited; the other whereby they will be known and distinguished, art without life, and is in their hands a carkass: [...] I have to say further, is, I beseech you in the bowels of Christ Jesus consider, how far you have been an occasion of stumbling, or wo [...] unto the gender of this third generation of men wherof I come now to speak unto, for when men, as I may say, have found little but pollotick work­ings as men, and have not either discerned tha [...] beauty as doth of good right belong unto Gospel-Ordinances, or when men dishonoring God use Gods Ordinances for earthly ends, it is just with God to give them up unto a spirit of slumber to believe a lye, because they did not receive the truth in the love of it, nay too many designed­ly do get into Churches one purpose to heal their gauled consciences (little thinking what is requi­red [Page 53]of them there) and shrowd under a cloak of Religion, gain being to them godliness; Mark by how much these approach or do essay to come up unto the Primitive pattern, assure thy self so much the more will the severity of the highest be revealed against thee, whose fiery eyes of beauty and glory will not bare thy hypocrisie, remem­ber Ananias and Saphira; therefore I have obser­ved well what hath brought people to desire to get into this or that fellowship, whether to serve as Christ did, or to be served, to perform their own duty in humility, or onely clamor upon their priviledge, for you shall perceive quickly who sent them thither, O how forward these will be, apt of tongue, confident in opinion and fears, sensorious, and this lasteth a very little while and by and by he is beyond them, and now he is beyond the Scripture it self, and will have it no judge of his spirit, but will judge it by his spirit; have I not seen these fall off by companies, what then think not thou that I speak against the commandments and Ordinances of the new testa­ment (I had rather my tongue should be for ever cut out of my mouth) or against the Christian and conscionable administring the same; but this is to shew how they have been and may be abused, in doing of which a most accursed gender of hell is born into the world, which otherwise could not be, and I am constrained to unvail as wisely as God inables me this mistery of iniquity, that you whom it concerns may beware, and if the glory of God nor eternal salvation will not prevail, yet that long life and health of body may prevail with [Page 54]thee, thou maist, know that the higher thou arivest in the profession of Christ, the fiercer wi [...] thy fall be when not supported, if that ligh [...] which is in thee prove darkness, how great [...] that darkness? and if thou be a builder look [...] thy self that thy foundation be the true Rock, o­therwise great will thy fall be, and know the re­turning evil spirit doth bring with him seve [...] worse then himself, and worse will be thy latte [...] end; my heart bleeds within me when I call [...] mind how many great lights or stars have bee [...] thrown from heaven, saln from the pinacle of the Temple down to hell, from most fiery rigidity un­to all abominations; think not that I am unfur­nished of a catalogue, measurable it is the re [...] are so blinded as not to lay it to heart, so to hea [...] as again to take up their way, and whole wall▪ and that with trembling and set straight steps un­to their feet, least that that is halting be turn [...] out of the way also; I will at this time abrevia [...] this discourse for the truths sake which you have yet a pretence unto. I know there are a few na [...] amongst you which have not defiled their gar­ments, for their sakes I should count it a happi­ness to serve you. I will conclude with relation of one of you, which I know is reme [...] ­bred of many of you, A fierce zealot which was very conformable, as indeed did exceed, and I must needs say from one word I once heart him speak, I had good hope that the truth had [...] some rooting in him, viz. that he was so sensib [...] of the deceitfulness of his heart, that he durst [...] look upon a woman, this man takes in th [...] [Page 55]general tenet of all destruction▪ viz. that the Scripture was a dead letter, this man with the rest of his accomplices was soon inspired from the King of pride, that they had in themselves the spirit whereby they knew all things, and judge all things, and also, the Scriptures themselves, so that now their spirit shall not be judged by the text, but shall judge the text, this infallible man was restless, and quickly threw of all duties both publike and private, for a season they must not speak till their spirit moved them, but their spirit soon moved them to make use of, and abound in their pure or rather impure liberty, that is to glut and satisfie themselves in unclean­ness; this wretch being strong held out sometime, but abusing himself in all blaspheamies, riot and excess, in due time the rot or the Pox over-took them, but I speak of this one man, his torments grew strong upon him, and to me of all men he would not come or send, what he used as means was to weak; and thus for a long time he lived blaspheaming God and roaring out of his torment, at last he and his wife using the media­tion of another sent to me, I could not deny her things for her mony, he was then past coming him­self; she said his heart was as whole and as sound as ever, and that he would eat as good a meals meat as ever, and digest it as well, but except he had one of my Pills in his belly, he did lie rocking his limbs and roaring out of his intol­lerable pain, and the next week as she came to me this Strumpet with impudence, said she should dye of no disease but the Pox; and her friend that came with her told me that as this man was [Page 56]sitting by himself, his nose fell of from his face with mear rottenness; I conclude with most seri­ous admiration of Gods righteous judgements upon these who in the prime of their days are taken a way, and are gone unto their own place for ever to receive the fruit of their doings, and that which doth much heighten my astonishment, is that the highest doth to wonderfully punish this wickedness in this life, that they live some years in bitter torment, and yet hearty and stout while they rot away by pieces, their vitals and senses quick, as I may say, as prepared of God to suffer abundance of pains while in this world, and before I come to give you the way of cure of this ugly disease, I must crave leave to speak this third sort of people commonly called Ranters, for so they are, and these are of two sorts, the one like unto this that I have named, and the other which is the worse and more dangerous, hold yet in appearance somewhat of preaching and pray­er, and would be thought to excel all others in spirituals; I say these are the worse, for by how much the more any thing that indeed is evil and doth hide it self under the cloak or mantle of Re­ligion, it is so much the more dangerous and per­nicious, most apt to leaven and delude the simple minds, till they also by a smoth Satanical subtil­ty are drawn in and become hardened, and then the high Rant or black devil doth not all affright them, being before hand prepared and spirited there unto, for the high Rant counts all illegiti­mate that cannot range in the depth of all abomi­mation, swear, drunk, whore out of measure, yea study to excel in execrations and blasph [...]my, and [Page 57]do all this without the least remorce or sign of re­morce, but this other sort for their credit sake, and also because of encrease of their advantage in their Callings, and also preferments in the Com­monwealth, will not avow this plainness, yet do account it their pure liberty, and that is there pure liberty for all of them to live holding com­munity of women, and all to abide in their pure Adamical freedoms, pleasing themselves in all things, and some of these to my own knowledge who both speak, & hold, & practice (except they belye themselves) are of their forwardest and I think their eminentest Preachers, which would seem to those that hear him as if he were caught up into the holy mount, accounting themselves above all Ordinances, these surely are the worst sort of men that ever breathed upon the face of the earth, for these have not onely been hoised upon the highest pinacle of the Temple, but are miserably thrown down unto hell, in their own imaginary they are far higher then the highest pinacle, conceiving themselves far above all in­stituted Ordinances, and do bitterly hate, dispise, and persecute all those that do in the fear of God practice, walk, and live in them with a manifest wrath, which is indeed a manifest token of their perdition, for many of them have in their own guiddy headed and unstable minds run thorow all Religions that they might both hate and per­secute all; the God of mercy put into the hearts of our Rulers to preserve us from the rage and fury of these whom the Apostles of Christ, Peter, and Jude doth most lively set out in their proper [Page 58]collours, and yet these would not be accounted to be Ranters, although as is said seven fold worse, I will hear give a true relation of some passages concerning one of their chief teachers.

A good woman whose husband is at Barbadoes, having occasion of business concerning trade in behalf of her hu [...]band, was desired to except of half a pint of wine, this good woman looking upon hum to be eminent in godliness, and her self at that time stood need of refreshing, went to the Tavern with him, by and by he changed his behaviour, and shewed himself what he was, and by his light scurrilous language, declared him­self to be what he is, and in plain words and deeds would needs have been abusing her body, and many arguments he used to draw her there­unto, as I have them from her mouth, that she was sick for want of a man, and why would she not use her liberty; and for his part he knew [...] his wife looked on, she would not be offended with it; nay further that it was his salvation that he had done it, his wife looking on, and that [...] he had not used his liberty, his purer liberty, as he called it, it had been dead long ago, and nam­ed other persons, some of great quality, that hus­band and wife gave each other liberty, and with his might invyed against Ordinances, and re­fusing him in his filthiness, he called her whore, and much to that purpose, for submitting her self to forms, as he called them; the relation of his beastilness expressed by him, I was ashamed to hear and cannot write, but he highly commend­ed the beastly openness and nakedness of the [Page 59]Moors and Heathen in the Indies that they was without shame, he esteemed it a high vertue which did excell us here; and speaking of the Quakers, he said that he knew them very well, and that he did know that their principals and theirs were one and the same, and that the most strictest of them would soon come up and live in the pure liberty as well as they (I think what he saith in this may well be granted, as was most e­vidently seen in James Nailo [...], and the pack of whores that always hung on him; I my self being at Nottingham did sit almost a Summer afternoon, hearing some of their own company relate the vicious and filthy life, and unclean coversation of George Fox, whose whoredoms and filthy life is notoriously known in the North of England) but to return unto this praying or prating Rantor this filthy man or man of filthiness without shame after God had delivered this woman out of his hand, was set on again and again by him, and when he saw that he could not draw her unto his filthy lust, then inquired if she had told any bo­dy, but if she had, yet it was not matter of shame unto him, and indeed I think I should have done good service to the Commonwealth, if I had here named him, its pitty all such hath not a brand on their forehead that they may be known who they belong unto; I speak with grief of heart I have known this Varlet the worst of men, I say I have known him a giddy professor of Religion above this twenty years, and I have heard him my self when we have been speaking of the Scrip­ture, for he asked me seriously if I did use t [...] [Page 60]read them, I told him yea with joy and gladness and they were to me more then my life, he re­plied, so could not he, neither did he read any book, he hearkened onely to the voice of the spi­rit within him, and that while he made conscience of reading and expounding of Scripture and of family duty, and going to hear Sermons and re­peat them, he all that time was without peace, but now he had not for some years done any of those things and that he was at rest in himself. I have in all this spoke the least of this vile person, and you may by him truely take a view of the rest that fraternity what they are, and where they will Center, and in what; I hope this relation will he matter of caution to many, not always to credit or be too apt to give heed unto the smoth delu­sive tongues of men, these study to obtain hard­ness of heart, impudency of face that they might commit wickedness with greediness; and there­fore do deride at the torments of hell, nay one of this company hath put out a book in print, where­in he doth a vow there is no hell but what is in a mans self, so that indeed by their doctrines, if they can but stifle their own consciences, they have freedom, and sin is no sin, for so they affirm; my soul is pained within me when I think of these, and of the just vengeance prepared of God for these which doth withhold the truth by their unrighteousness; O wretched and most miserable of mankind! How is it that Satan hath thus filled your hearts, and the filth of your flesh thus deluded you, you begun well, who hath hurt you, what hath Jesus Christ and his Gospel [Page 61]of peace done unto you; How is it that you will be made perfect in the flesh? What good things have you found in your selves, that comparing your selves with your selves, you now worship your selves, nay your accursed lusts and beastli­ness; how imaginable is it that man indued with common reason should thus be seduced; I know there is not one of you but do feel the flash­ings of fire in your consciences; what will you do when you shalt appear with your works fol­lowing after you? when God that cannot lye will set your sins in order before your face; I know you labor to stiflle such thoughts as these, O beast of men! O most devilish whilst men! How is your vengeance hightening? have you professed the fear of God many of you to end in this accursed Apostacy, for whom the blackness of darkness is reserved for ever? O that there were thoughts of returning in you! hell beneath hath enlarged her self to receive and meet you at your coming. O miscreant of man, how long dost thou think to wallow in thy lusts, serving evil concupisence, drinking iniquity like wa­ter made fat for slaughter? I aske whether these be not they for whom supplication is not to be made? Alas, alas my heart bleedeth within me when I confider that some of you have not onely professed the name of Christ long, but also suf­fered both imprisonment and fled into far Coun­tries out of a zeal for his name, and now have spewd up all at once, and returned unto your old lusts (from which you were purged) as a dogg unto his vomit, or a sow that was washed unto [Page 62]her wallowing in the mire, receiving the just re­compence of your error, viz. seven hellish spirits far more worse then the first, that you might fall into the damnation of hell and be damned to­gether, even the condemnation of the devil, be not deceived, God is not mocked, as a man sow­eth so shall he reap; and of these I speak aloud expecting nothing but plague and pox to follow them, the reward of their labor, I know it boiles amongst them already.

I know some will wonder why I have spoken so much of these, and of this disease; and why I have spoken unto good people with these, there­fore this thou maist know. First, I speak unto all men and all sorts, and ranks of men to admonish them all. Secondly, a clean heart is not hurt nor will be offended at any thing I have said. And thirdly, I could not break this order with the discharge of my conscience. And fourthly, with­out this that I have said both in whole and in part I darst not give thee the true and clear way of cure of this detestable disease, and all roots from this ground the difference twixt this disease and most other this with abundance of wickedness and sin; first against God; secondly against thy one body which ought to be the Temple of God, preserved in holiness unto him, and not given to a harlot; thirdly against thy relations, who hath power over thy body, but other diseases which are common to man, proceed from sundry other causes which is not in themselves sinful, and for these causes I have thus spoken, and hope thereby to be an instrument in the hand of God to [Page 63]pull some poor soul or other out of the fire; and indeed as I said at first had it not been for the sakes of some who are clean but bestowed with some such beast or bruit of mankind which hath polluted them, I should have said nothing of this disease at all; but I do judge it much better that many of the worst partake of the blessing with the best, then that one of the best should languish in the torture of the first, and therefore I do set down the most safest way, speediest, cheap­est and freest of pain and torture, I verily believe that is in the world.

Rec. Take two ounce of my Pill, and lay it thin upon a well glazed dish, set it out of the Sun and it will quickly be fit to bring to powder, drive it thorow a Lawn or Hair five, put this powder into one quart of White-wine, or that which is better, viz. make a Lixivium or stronge lye of Chalkes Vive, or White wine, for this is most slate­ly and operates very potently both by sweat and Urin, as is much proved everyday, and is al­though dispised, a great blessing; and moreover I assure thee from knowledge is chief with some as universal, who have a vulgar same in Phy­sick; use which thou wilt I do by experience commend this last to excel, let this be done in a glass bottle, shake it oft, and in twenty four hours it will be fit to use but longer is better, dis­pose thy self a part if thou wouldst suddainly be well, and thy illness require thee, and have warm accomodation, and a good tender and careful Nurse, eat and drink the bed that can be got for mony, and always have ready good [Page 64]wine and Strong-water by thee, because of a suddain will a windy fainting come upon thee, and of a suddain gone, at such a time a spoonful of a good cordial water is necessary for thee; see that thou sweat by day and not in the night, when thou maist have good tendance; sweat not with this extract, but every other day, and then do it to purpose as thou finds thy strength; if thou beest of a middle strength, the first time be­gin with six spoonful in six spoonful of White­wine, and then observe by that how thou dost bare it, and increase accordingly; so also in all cases begin with little enough and come on with discretion; but know in this disease thou must charge home to the end, it may accomplish thy desire, and at once as it were it will whirle all thy disease into thy in skin, the superfices or most ex­tream parts; and in the other night the day that thou dost not sweat thy greatest sweat, take at night a good Pill of 16 or 20 grains if thou findest thou art able to bear it, and that wil maintain and keep what the other hath gotten, for thou must know that thou dost take the strength of at least eight or ten Pills when thou dost take the extract thereof, for thou art not not able to bear this earthly body, it would suffocate the, but being onely his more subtile and spirituous part it works safe and miraculous, not onely in this disease but in many or all other diseases; and when thou hast it all in thy skin, fear not, but go on the same way, and if any part break and run, fear it not, it will not fail thee, if thou do not neglect thy self, but it will both throw all out [Page 65]and heal it when it is out, as thou maist perceive by the instances set down in this book, onely use thy self to great carefulness in the time of thy cure, and always sweat and be hot till thou art well, for there is no danger but in taking cold, which thou maist easily prevent if thou be care­ful of thy self, and follow while thou art in the way, and all will be done at an easie rate, for I have deserved twenty pounds when l have not had twenty shillings, I never undertook any cure in my life, nor never mean to do, yet have helped many at small rates at ten shillings, at five shillings, the most that ever I had of any was three pounds five shillings for my things onely, and I think a notabler cure is seldom done, as some of good quality can bear testimony; a young woman comes to me pained in her throat, head and bowels of this disease as all supposed, and she her self did much fear, because her husbands first wife were noted for a light huswife; this good woman almost killed her self with grief, and for two years ran up and down amongst Doctors and Chirurgions, but in vain, and the Chirur­gion made holes in her throat by lancing it, and such like foolish things, at last she comes to me, & I gave her of these Pills, and by that time she had spent one shilling, she told me she was as well as ever she was in her life, and I am confident in three years time, I did not take five shillings of her money, but she continues in perfect health, I could not have believed it till time hath made it evident.

[Page 66] Cures some kind of Gouts, easeth the most malign, brings the patient unto quiet rest. A woman lame eight years of a Gout, which did disable her in all her limbs, that she could neither stir hand nor foot when she sent to me, her joynts was very much knotted; the first Pill she took, being in a kindly sweat, both she and her husband told me this story, she began to stir her fingers, which was very strange to her, and a while after she could get her hand unto her mouth, to be short, in three dayes time she could go about the Chamber, which she could not do in two years before that time.

A Gentleman removing her dwelling into Lime-street, got an extream cold and Surfeit as she doth report, I do suspect it to be other­wise, how ever so it was that she could neither stir hand nor soot, but was perfectly useless to her self, onely as by main strength of two o [...] three which was alwayes ready did list her, and this uselesness of Limbs, accompianed with ex­tream pains; this woman in a matter of three weeks time, using onely my Pills, although it was cold weather, was perfectly well unto all demonstrations, and I by accident saw her go along the street, and truely although an ancient woman, yet she did hold up her head, and went as straight and as nimbly a good lusty pace, as any young woman whatever, and although she sen [...] me word the was well, yet it was far from me to think she had been so well, and that in frosty weather; it is to be noted when I sometimes say they have nothing but my Pill, I do includ the [Page 67]extract of my Pill, and also the Oyl of Amber, with which oft times I do annoint, and all is but my Pill.

A woman in Saint Johns street, was so sorely afflicted with the Gout and Sciatica, that in her extreamity she did roar out in such a hideous manner, as did much disquiet the neighbors, and no ease or cure could be attained, her hus­band come to me with such pittiful moan for his wife, as did much exceed; I was much troubled for him, and gave him of my Pills and sent him away, and told him that by that time the Pills was warm in her breast, that she would have ease and her pains would sease, and that she would go to rest; he did as I ordered him, and when he came again, he said that by that time his wise had taken a Pill, in one quarter of an hour she did find such case as if she had been in heaven, and truely this man in the name of his wife did so load me with thanks as if I had done it; I bless and praise the God of heaven who hath saved my life and brought me thorow great pains and sick­ness for this happy end, even to be a poor in­strument in his hand for ease and refreshing of many; and further as I take it about three weeks or a month, I am not certain which, this poor woman comes from Saint Johns-street unto the Tower to me to fetch for her self more Pills.

A little boy having four of his fingers out off of that disease called the Kings Evil, this boy at the place where his fingers was cut off, did alwayes stand with a drop of water upon them, but next [Page 68]day after the taking the first Pill, there was no drop of water as formerly, at which the parents did much wonder, and the boy grew extream quick and lively in what ever he did, that they was very sensible of his real benefit.

Another Boy lame of his Limbs and Feet from a child, so that he could not go to stool nor hold a pen in his hand, and by that time he had taken three of my Pills, he was grown so strong that he ran up a pair of stairs before me, and I made him hold a Tobaco-pipe in form of a pen, and he then held it as stedily as I or any in the room could do, which indeed was far more then was to have been expected in so short a time.

And many that have been troubled with one arme shorter then another; and with great pains in particular joynts, this Pill thorow Gods good-ness have proved ready help unto them.

An old man belonging unto the Charterhouse many years troubled with Tisick, straightness of breath, that with great difficulty he went about, also one arm begun to shrink and grow stiff, so that he could not make use of his pocket as for­merly he had done, with a little use of my Pill did receive his breath at length and his Arm at length also; and as he and I was going together along the walk before the Charterhouse, said he to me, look you how I go, and what pace I go, I could not have done so before I took your Pills, but I must have stood and gaped like a Camelion for breath, I do not know how oft in going the length of this walk.

A vertuous Gentlewoman of good note, and [Page 69]my very good friend, whom it hath pleased God to visit with much sickness for a great many years, and now lately it sell out to be very sore in her head; this Gentlewoman having made use of the ablest Doctors, but her grief could not be helpt, in so much that this good woman almost in a dispair, did much fear her senses, and all that could be done could not bring her head to purge untill she met with my Pills, which did most powerfully accomplish her desire, and did set her head a purging at her ear, and shortly, very sweetly cured it to her exceeding great joy and comfort, with the joy of her fami­ly.

A Gentlewoman that liveth at Westminster, that well knew the use and worth of my Pills, went with some other Gentlewomen to Barnet, where she drank water in abundance but without judg­ment, she presently fell into a extream scowring, she sends with what hast could be to me for half an ounce of my Pills, the use and vertue of which she very well knew, but before they could come at her she was far spent and had entertained a Doctor, whose advice she was forced to follow, such was her weakness of a suddain; but so it was that this lusty young Gentlewoman in a matter of six or seven days was brought home in a Hors-lit­ter hard put to it for life; this Gentlewoman lay under the Doctors hands for two months, and was brought unto such extream weakness as is not fit for me to relate, nothing but death expect­ed all this while, my Pills was too low for them, and the Gentlewoman had abundance of other [Page 64] [...] [Page 65] [...] [Page 66] [...] [Page 67] [...] [Page 68] [...] [Page 69] [...] [Page 70]things forced on her, but in vain; at last she be­seeched her husband if he loved her to fend for me, otherwise she was a dead woman, pleading her conformity to him in using all the while what means lie and their friends thought good; this Gentleman being touched with pitty to her, at her request sends a letter to the Tower, but I was in the Country, and he straight sends a letter unto Wansor, where I was, and I not hearing any thing from the time her messenger came unto me from Barnet, much wondered that she should suffer so long sickness, and I not hear thereof; at my com­ing she was glad, and I was much surprised to see so stout and lusty a woman so strangely redu­ced to nothing, in so much as had it not been that I was sent for in her name, I could not have known her, I took with me Pills and Antidote, I gave her two spoonfuls of my Antidote, which did answer my expectation, for it put her into a breathing sweat, and also she slept a matter of four hours I stirred not my foot till thorow the blessing of God, I had very good signs of her recovery, but when I saw the surly behaviour of all, as well the servants as kindred thorow the whole family I did not wonder I was not cal­led sooner; the Gentleman himself I never saw all the time of the cure; the gentlewoman could trust no creature with my things, I was fain to give with my own hands as much as possibly my business would permit, till the Gentlewoman got strength and kept the Pills alwayes about her and and had regard to her self; it was an unusal time before this Gentlewoman could get abroad, the [Page 71]reason all may discern, was the withholding from her that which did her good; and in stead of it give her that which did no good, and being of a good nature, in this case proved to her great hurt; but blessed be God she soon did attain health, and so remains using my Pills now and then to keep her in health as she has occasion.

For Small Pox which generally doth light on children and young people, this I say upon good experience that my Pill is always good and profitable whensoever it is taken at any time of the disease, either in the beginning of them, or the middle of them, or the latter end of them, it can never be taken a miss except you give such a dosse as is not proper for them that take it, for it always strengthens the vital spirits, cleanseth the blood and fortifies the heart, and if the small Pox be struck in again, this Pill doth forthwith throw them out again, with great safety, as we have much expe­rience hereof, but if it be taken before they ap­pear, that nature be able, it will relieve them by working the Surfeit out by vomit, or by siege, or sweat, or Urin, all the ways that nature hath to friend, but if the Surfeit have got strength e­nough that they cannot be prevented, then doth it throw them out in a most gallant easie manner, so that the patient being freed of all Feavorish symptomes, and alwayes lying in a breathing sweat, is so sweetly disposed, as he doth hardly fail of a meals meat all the time he hath them up­on him, but suddainly will recover with great strength and freedom.

A lusty young man having got many Surfeits [Page 72]one upon another, felt himself not well for two or three dayes together, but not knowing what sicknes was, would not yield unto it while he was able to hold up his head, and being in my com­pany much complained how ill he was, and that he doubted he should be able to hold up his head no longer, I gave him presently a little Pill about four grains, which now he is well one six fold so big would hardly fur him, but as soon as it was well down his throat, he fell into a vomiting with extream violence, I could tell him his breast was full of poison, but what was the matter fur­ther with him I did not know, for the present he had some ease after his vomiting; I gave him a Pill at least 18 grains to take when he went to bed, which he did, and that in like sort set him a vomit­ing most of that night and most of the next day, it also purged his gall of divers collours, but the woman where he lay would let him take no more; the two that I lest for him she threw them in the fire, and cries out against my Pills for mak­ing him sick; but that night the Small Pox appear­ed all over his skin, and being over-ruled was not so happy as to continue with my Pills which had drove them from his heart into his skin, and for want of more the disease grew extream upon him, and he all over covered with them and in flux extreamly, and was for a time stark distract­ed and talked idle of he knew not what; they imployed two called Doctors but to no purpose, indeed it was beyond all mens judgement that he did escape withlise; but as soon as he was master of himself, he called for mare of my Pills which he had, but did not vomit any more, he saith, and I be­lieve [Page 73]will say while he liveth, that nothing that ever he took did him any good but my Pills which did free his heart of them, and as means did save his life, which is undoubtedly true, and I am confident if they had been given to second­ed that which I did give him his sickness would not have been above the tenth of what it was, for such is our experience that if it cannot alto­gether prevent them, yet it doth so dispose them that they are not like the disease, for some that in reason would have been as bad as any, yet by their constant and thorow use of my Pills all the time of their being ill have hardly missed one meals meat, but quickly with strength and vigor have been restored.

It helpeth the shaking and trembling of the joynts, strengtheneth the brains and increaseth memory. I have already spoke enough of the Palsie or shak­ing of the joynts, & for strengthening of the brain and memory, I say, I am thorow Gods rich mer­cy and goodness a living monument and testi­mony of its true vertue, power and effect, for they are at this day far better then when I was but seventeen yeers old, and my sight as good as ever since I had them for any thing I can perceive, and that is as good as any I think in the world, and although there is a sleepiness or dullness the next day in many that takes it, which is not used to it, they find it seldom so the third day, but in­stead of heaviness, all for the most part do finde a wonderful lightness of heart and chearfulness of body all over, that they think themselves as if they were in a new world, and yet it must be [Page 74]granted that if any ones grief lies in their head, that then it will he nimble and accute both to search it out and help it if it please God to permit, for it is evident it works most where most cause is; many again doth find it fully to answer their [...]ctation, and yet never find it to work in [...]e [...]r heads at all, although they have taken it in great quantity, and let one thousand take it, and they will all tell of several effects as eve­ry one differs in one kind or other; also their ailes and their different judgements upon those ailes, for very well we know let all speak and judge as they will, that the whole of it to all in­tents and purposes in all the operations of it, is to strengthen and fortifie nature from head to heel, and many which have and do take much of it have confidently supposed, that I have not made it so good at one time as at another, because they find oft times contrary effects and operati­ons, as sometimes to be dry, and sometimes not, and sometimes sweat much, and sometimes not at all, and sometimes break wind much, and some­times not at all; and so in many other cases it is indeed daily evidenced, for as is said as a mans ailes is so will it work, it is they that alter, the Pill is the same. Note, therefore that you may know I cannot make such alterations in the mak­ing of it, because I do give none but what took his beginning three years and upward ago, yet I must confess it is wonderful to observe that some­times it will have a double effect to what it will have at another time, as in cases of colas and Sur­feits and the like, or some evil quality is gotten [Page 75]in the stomach, it will abide no such thing but will assault that that assaults nature what ever it be.

Revives and comforts the heart. The like revi­ver I think for a creature of God, I do from my heart believe, and by experience I find (as much occasion as I have had in the world) the world never injoyed the like with it; and let me now bless and praise the most high, who onely beareth rule in heaven above and in the earth beneath; the time has been, and that a long and tedious time to me many yeers together, I have been so oppressed and loaden with pains and feebleness of heart, as if I always carried a quarter of an hun­dred weight perpetually in my chest or brest, and I went alwayes as if loaden, that it hath made me make a wrinkled face to stir out of my way to give place either to horse or Cart, as for men I al­ways would be sure to give them room enough; I ever going with pain and anguish, and full of sighing; and truely although I was poor, yet was I then filled with such pain as I should have hard-have stooped to have took up a penny; but now thorow mercy (that which is true will hardly be credited) I find my self set at liberty, that to my own feeling I do not weigh upon my shoos, as I go up and down, not one ounce, my heart is so light, freed from all oppression, my body so clean and nimble; and whereas I was grown stiff, that I did sensibly perceive that thorow much weak­ness I began to stride short; now my leggs are at liberty, that to my thinking I can never tread wide enough, and at this instant of writing, I [Page 76]took my right foot in my right hand, and did lift my heel to my mouth without the help of the other hand, and all over my whole man without any exception; God by this Pill hath thus renewed me, I do with joy and laughter give my enemies leave to charm against my Pill, what is spoke is no fable, it is apparently discern­able, especially of all those that in times past did know me, and many with me, who with weak­ness and old age have strided short and narrow, their silver cords as it were tyed together, so that they stride little, and that with stagering, have re­ceived their leggs again with the use of this Pill, and are amongst us which bear testimony, who themselves are se [...]cht off their languishing beds and in joy their limbs with comfort.

In women it brings them to due Courses, whether they want or abound. So is our experience for the most part, and this may be easily discerned for opening all obstructions.

One maid of about twenty eight years of age, being obstructed about five or six years, in so much as she grew very diseased and troubled with strange fits, and one of her leggs grew as bigg as three leggs, and did also break and run; this maid was weary of her life, her racking pains was such, as she did roar out in such hideous man­ner as was sore oppressive unto her friends, help she could get none; she meets with my Pills and over charging her self, threw them away as be­ing afraid of them, that which she had taken working a little higher then she would have had it; about a yeer after she comes to me with her [Page 77]sister, & makes lamentable complaint, and shewed me her legg with stinking Ulcers in it; she follow­ed my Pill with more discretion then at first, it was not above a month, but it freed her of all her fits, brought her into an orderly and monthly Flux, took down her legg and made it no bigger then the other, and healed the Ulcers; she in­joyed so much health as she marries a husband, and lived comfortably with him, and buried him, and married another; all this to my knowledge, and what is become of her now I know not: these confirmations I do not want, neither do I wish any man more harm to himself, then to think so ill of my Pill as not to use it in his need; but for me, the master that I have always served hath confirmed his mercy in blessing it to me and to many; unto him alone be all the praise and honor for ever Amen.

It is present help for any Flux or Scowring of blood, or otherwise, and stops them incontenantly. Although it be the Gomorha, or running of the Reins, or issue of blood, either at Urin or at Fundament, or any other Flux or Scowring, it is the most so­vereign help I think in the world, for if need be, it will as well purge as binde, and is frequently proved, but it will over-rule the grief and stop it by degrees as may be for the patients advan­tage; and if this Pill be laid open upon a well glazed dish, and dried and mixed in conserve of red Roses, it is very proper on this occasion, and this hath helped when Crocus Martis would do no­thing, nor the Sugar of Saturn, all which are as forcible, almost as art, I have proved it, for if [Page 78]these have stopped, they have thrown the pati­ent into intollerable pains and rackings, beside feaver but this so pleasantly, so gently and sweet­ly that it is the desire and joy of the patient to have a Pill in his belly.

A lusty man a Trumpeter, who had been at the East Indies, brought such a Flux home with him, that could not be staid by what means soever could be used to that end, and his weakness is not to be credited & yet live, and after he came home in this condition it was one year and a half or two years before he applied himself unto my Pill, and although his constant manner was to purge six or eight times in the night, the first Pill stop­ped him and eased him, and that in a wonderful manners; I shall not want the benefit of this mans prayers while he and I do live together; and as is said my Pill did not violently stop him, but by degrees naturally, and when thorow impatience he had got some violent astringer as those above, he was all torn in his limbs and glad to take my Pill to withstand their force; but because this fie­ry Accrimony had cut asunder all retention tho­row length of time, his water for the most part going that way; I for my part did dispaire of his cure, for he would even affrighted one to behold him, yet it hath pleased God to be so favorable unto this poor man, as that he is now in health, and doth sound a Trumpet in Colonel Riches Re­giment, and who list to speak with him shall hear much more then I have said, to Gods glory and your wonder, whether friend or enemy. I see the blessing, of God which he hath afforded unto [Page 79]poor people, for they will come and ask find help; this is Gods blessing, the rich oft ask and pay large, and go without help, this is a sore evil under the Sun; some cries out against it as a great binder or shutter up of theirb dies, if it be so to any, I am sure it is to their great benefit, in taking off from them windiness, also Feavorish­ness, or those other distempers they take them for, I am also sure that there is not one in a hun­dred, but that although it doth bind them a little at the beginning, but that they find it to purge at at the latter end; I do grant some bodies to be drier then other, and for these when they have a necessity to use it by reason of weakness, let them use it with Sirrope of Roses, in such quanti­ty as doth make it friendly with them, or that which is for some better, take equal parts of Sca­mony called Diagredium, or make it so as to suit their constitutions, but my advice is in this mat­ter not to do it but with good advice, and that there do appear an apparent necessity for it, it will frequently astring for three, four or five days, and afterwards keep you loose while you take it, if the cause continue for which you take it, you may thus deal with it, otherwise if you have need of it in its strength, then suffer it to follow its own law, and you will not repent your self, be of what temper you will; there are some such whom it hath purged the most of all, which o­therwise have been most astringent; no man knoweth how it will work with him till he have proved it; I my self have gone four or five days without any stool, and have wondred what [Page 80]would become of all I have put into my belly, for I did eat my meat all that time as heartily as ever I did in my life, and was as well indeed, I may say in a new world, for it was at first when I took it, and all that time I did break wind free­ly, neither had I the least fumes or swelling, or any thing like unto oppression, nor any heat which made me wonder, and indeed may, for it is much against common experience; nay further all that four or five days I could have laid my bel­ly to my back, so free was I from any kind of swelling, then at four or five days end (I confess I have forgot whether) all went in a light stool, which did lye above like a Cork, and after that it did ever bring me belly to an orderly course once every day, and rather purgative, and so I remain with much health thorow the blessing of of God, and can make my self purge when I will with pleasure, but I dare not purge, all is well, I have no need, this Pill alwayes doth, as I may say, watch over me, and oft doth find matter some­times to purge by siege, and sometimes by Urin, and some times by sweat; I do observe these changes, but the reason and cause of it I do not un­derstand; I know my Pill is the same, but change of all things with me, doth sometimes work a change in my Pills operation; it is for the most part a con­stant rule with my Pill to purge men or women of gross corpulent bodies, but people of spare and thin bodies not so; if any by good experience do find that it doth bind them, and that also they find that that binding is indeed hurtful above that which is imaginary, for I know many complain [Page 81]for no cause, but that their custom is broke, and that it doth not follow the order as they would have it, but I say if it do indeed in this case offend, a glister then may be necessary for them, onely this you must observe either in glister or in purg­ing Physick, to keep as far off the taking of the Pill as you can, least it should not suffer the por­tion to work, that is, take the purging Physick at least two or three dayes after the Pill is taken, or else you may expect that that portion will not work, for you must know that the purging quali­ty in the portion is from a poisonous quality, o­therwise it could not purge, and that quality my Pill doth so perfectly correct, as you may expect it do nothing, but I do much rather wish you if there be cause indeed, then to use a safe glister of milk from the Cow and Sugar onely which will produce no evil effects; you may note that as its correction is less, so its force is less, therefore if you with the Pill add a purger, as Scamony or Sirrop of Roses, or some other, it may be it may fute your body, and all this discourse is to please thee as it were a single person and is indued with goodwill and hath need of it; but I do certainly know the poise of nature is most happy and bles­sed for man, for the generality of them, and therfore cannot be altered, and if thou didst know it, as it may be hereafter thou maist, thou wilt see nothing in it can be wanting, and also that additions would be vain, yet for thy sake I have spoken, if it so fall out that the disposition of thy body should so far differ from others; I observe the general opinion of all, that is, if they be not [Page 82]in good order as you call it, then do they cry out of fumes, and it may be pairs in their head, and I grant that usually it is so where this Pill is not, bur I assure you where this Pill is, is the clean contrary, for although they go not to stool for six or eight days, yet all that time there is no vapors nor sumes not in one of an hundred; I confess if any will strive thovow ill decorum to­wards themselves and tempt God, it is just these should be answered accordingly; it is further for these to note, that if they take this Pill and let it come to powder out of the Sun, as that it will soon be, and then heat it to fine powder, and in­fuse it in White-wine, and so drink the extract of it, that then it doth not astring the half as it doth when you take the Terra with it, & you will also find it more spirituous in effect; such as have no need of it, may at a cheap rate let it alone: But again, those that have need of it, had best be well advised how they neglect it for small and impertinent matters; we have experience e­nough of its just power to be both to bind and to loose according unto natures law; thou that snuf­flest at it because thou hast took two or it may be but one, it may be by fits more, do thou know if thou wilt use it and grow friendly with it, thou wilt find a contrary effect in its working, for it will now binde and by and by purge.

It strengthens and openeth the Spleen, and tares a­way wind in a uncredible manner. This is the con­stant experience of all that take it, and I think not one of an hundred but will acknowledge it; but by my own experience I do add further, that [Page 83]although I have not been made sensible of a vi­olent breaking of wind downward, yet before morning I have found all oppression gone, my self set free and lightsome, and I have not known which way, but my reason tells me, that lying in a gentle breathing sweat, the Pores of my bo­dy being thereby all set open, wind hath thereby found secret and insensible passage, and some­times I have sensibly perceived it go by Urin, but his ordinary working is mightily downward as all in general finde it to do.

Drieth up Hydroppical humors. Things not to be credited it hath done in this distemper.

An ancient man troubled with this distem­per took it but in reasonable doss for one month together, the weather indeed was warm, it did sweat him, as he told me, every night so mighti­ly, that his maid said it went thorow the Feather­bed whereon he lay every night, and wrought as strongly by Urin, and I do protest this man at the months end was fresher and fairer, and stron­ger to his labor, then when I began with him, and is at this instant in good health, and this was three yeers agone from this present wri­ting.

I shall write here a strange and wonderful, but accidental cure, I think, as hath been heard of in this age; A young woman having languished for a long time under very many diseases, the worst that usually may attend an honest womans body, as the Dropsie, Stone, Consumption or Ti­sick, shortness of Breath, fore fits of the Mother, Jaundies, as I did clearly fee by her eyes; this [Page 84]woman having spent much for a long time but in vain, she grew worse and worse, and did dispair of help in this world, she was scarcely able to stand or breath, at the intreaty of good women of our country, I went to see her, she being born within a mile where I was, I should hardly have gone to her but that we were School-fel­lows at Nottingham, I sound her in this sad condi­tion; I durst promise nothing more then this, If I did her ho good I would do her no harm, I made her five or six small Pills, with order to drink White-wine after them, and to take each night one, and as she liked them, so let me hear from her; she accordingly takes them, the third day her husband comes to me with words of wonder and abundance of thanks, and told me that his wife was finely recovered, that she had breath in good length and order, and slept well and began to eat, and that he had brought some of the Stones which she voided with him to shew me, and said he, what shall I say, your Pills have done more then possibly might have been imagined, I prais­ed God with him, he took half an ounce of my Pills more with him, and because of the fits of the Mother, I willed him to take half an ounce of my Oyl of Amber, and give her three drops in a spoonful of White-wine, and then drink a glass­ful of White-wine, after it he went home, and the next morning gives her two spoonfuls of this Oyle, the woman faints with heat, as needs she must, her heart being suffocated with fire, and the next morning he gives her the rest of the half ounce, so that he gave her as much at twice [Page 85]as should have served two hundred times or near it, it is indeed a miracle that this woman was not destroyed, but orderly taken a better thing could not have been given to have helped and assisted her Pills against those fits of the Mother, this wo­man receiving this half ounce into her body ex­treamly fainted, her husband comes not to me, but runs unto a wise Doctor which could not see the power of Oyl of Amber, but clatters hard a­gainst me and my Pills, but would give her no­thing, but plentifully bestowed the Gallows upon me for killing her, and without shame as a man that had but one ear, never searching the truth, meeting me, and near before a dozen people which stood by, charged me with killing this wo­man, & before them all threatned me with holding up my hand at the Bar; I gave him not a word, it was neither time nor place, but listed up my heart to God, knowing my own innocency, and was sorry he should do himself so much wrong, and of all men living I had deserved better things at his hand; I did wonder to hear this charge, for I had not heard one word, neither did I, but what came from him till three months after; it pleased God that with what good this woman had receiv­ed from the Pills she took before (for this Doctor did so fright them, that they thought it was my Pills that wrought so with her as that she took no more; I say) altogether proved happy for the wo­man, for at once she was released of all her dis­eases, and being well and about the street, an an­cient Gentlewoman, Mistris Tuching in Beadlam, calls to her and said; you but the other day as it [Page 86]were was ill of many diseases, and now you are so well of a suddain, you have got one good Medicin or other, I pray you let me have some of it; she replied that she had a Country man at the Tower gave Pills and that they had cured her, but they liked to have killed her, and that she had the rest of them at home but durst not take any more of them, come said Mistris Tuching give them me, I will take them, which she did, and when she had spent them she calls to her and told her that she must bring her to the man, for she must have more of those Pills, and this was near three months before either I or the woman did know what it was that did hurt her; this ancient Gen­tlewoman with my Country woman comes to my house, I not being at home, this woman asked for the Oyl I sent her to take by spoonfuls, my maid told her that I had no Oyl that I gave by spoon­fuls; I had indeed an Antidote which I did give in spoonfuls; to be short, this woman soon found the Bottle by its scent, and so she and we came to know how she came well as God hath ordered it, and she hath remained well for this two years if not more, and hath born a child or two since; this is a true and faithful relation to the best of my remembrance, as I have it from their own mouths, and thanks be to God who hath kept me and will keep me in his way notwithstanding the envy and rage of my enemies, so that thorow mercy I care not for it; yet notwithstanding this Doctor in the fury of his malice hath took off those good we men, and not a few more from the use of my Pill, which I know well will all turn to his per­petual [Page 87]shame, I pray God forgive him with my whole heart, I am taught by him to take heed of making men idols.

In fine I know no disease that it doth not ei­ther perfectly ease or perfectly cure. Although this Bill hath now been made publike above this four years, and I had both reason and experience then enough to avouch it in my conscience be­fore Almighty God, and experience enough to avouch it before men; there hath been added e­very since a daily load of experiences, which as a cloud of witnesses confirm what I have pub­lished, for such are indeed the wonders of God daily brought to our ears, some of which I have related unto you, and indeed as I may say the happyreturns of prayer in the administring of this Pill doth abundantly ballance the bitterness of en­vy, and the false lies and forgeries of the wilful ignorant and by the constant meetings together of a catologue of mercies upon mercies, all of them pleading my just cause against the proudest con­temner; I do therefore with joy submit to re­proach, knowing that reproach shall be the por­tion of the happy in this life, and if the Lord whom I serve did not by his constant presence and blessing upon my labor, give vigor and life unto my just and honest indeavor for the good of mankind, I should have been charmed and frighted off from this my imployment the highest hath called me unto, but putting my trust in him, shall proceed in his name with joy, fear, love, and trembling, not doubting but he that is able to keep that which in his name I have committed unto [Page 88]him, who hath and doth keep me in all my ways, will never fail me of his blessed protection and assistance in well-doing; and such hath been my care and indulgence towards all always, that ex­cept people desperately presumptious, both to abuse themselves and me, they cannot lightly hurt themselves; and while I am now writing I will give an instance or two which comes into my mind, which will make good what I now drive at. A woman a Nurse keeper comes to us for one quarter of an ounce of my Pills, which my wife weighed her; another staying for ano­ther, she having her own catcht up the other out of the scale and popt it into her mouth and swal­lowed it all at once, and away she goes; I had a friend with me by the fire-side, my wife being frighted cried out the woman would kill her self, we wondred to see her skip away so fast, but did not well conceive the matter, about four­teen days after my maid met her in Tower-street, asked her how she did with that quantity of Pill at once in her belly, she told her that she was well, and that she sat up all that night with her child which she did Nurse, onely it did make her head-ach a little; this relation is true, but not to be followed without danger, I neither knew her name nor her dwelling, to administred any thing to have over-ruled it; I do think this propostorus act of this woman may shew unto all men its saf­ty, if there be any reason used in the admini­string of it; and whereas I say, I have taken it my self twelve months, it is true that I have taken it now almost five yeers, and have not I am sure missed it in all the time from first till this present [Page 89]it me not twenty nights, neither shall I miss it ex­cept it should please God to grant me a better (of which I now have little hope) and the effects thorow divine goodness are with me blessed; I always have need of it as of a stronge cordial al­though I do not alwayes use the same quantity, for I never weighed one for my self in all my life, but I make them bigger or lesser as I find my self to have more or less need of them; and when I am as well as I could wish, I do take a little one to keep me so, but if I get cold or ought else that troubles me I do then take one bigger, and this I find by constant experience, and I do assure you it is no more then what is true, that it never fail­ed me, but always comes with fresh strength and reviving as truely and effectually as when I took it at first, and not like other things which with much use will loose their vertue, power, and ef­fect, but my Pill is ever the same, working high­er or lower as it finds cause, and according unto the quantity that is taken, so that what change is, is not in it but in me; and I do further con­firm what I formerly said as to the in joying of my health and chearfulness thorow many weak­nesses, for such is the clearness of my body, and freeness from any obstructions, that I have run from the first step of my house unto the highest step upon the leads on the house top and never draw my breath; also such ease and chearfulness of heart, that as I go along the street it is as if I did not tread on the ground, and as I have oft said, so I do say again, that to my thinking I do not weigh one ounce upon my shoo-heels. Now my [Page 90]sleeve for the most part is full of pins that I gather from the ground, but when I hung upon my Do­ctors sleeve, I always was so oppressed and filled with pains, and so sore oppressed and loaden at my Breast, that although poor, yet should hard­ly have stooped to have taken up a penny, and if I had stooped upon any occasion, I did not know how to get up again without great pain and difficulty, and with the help of my hands up­on my knees; I further found and do find my limbs to lengthen or set at liberty, which before was stiff as if they were shrunk, now I can leap run or any such like thing with refreshing, which before was far from me: What shall I say, I am thorow mercy a living monument of his mercies and of Gods blessing upon this Pill, for near this five years I have not used any other thing but it and my Antidote, and sometimes of my Oyle of Amber, and if these should fail me, as I know not how soon they may; I suppose I should hard­ly send over the threshold for what is elswhere to be gained for mony, yet I will deal freely and truely with you, I have been put so to it upon extraordinary occasions of Feavors, colds and aguish infections to take four Pills of good big­ness, betwixt eight at night and ten the next day, allowing three or four hours betwixt each Pill, and I do the rather report this, because I know it will be exemplary to many, for such hath been my weakness that if I did not take a Pill in the time aforesaid I should faint, besides the help of high cordial waters and burnt wine, and in stead of cold mortal Julips, in a Feavor I make [Page 91]use of these comfortable things not fearing my Feavor, if I can but hold up my vital spirits, and let my Pill and Feavor try the mastery; I know according unto Gods appointment it shall be but for so many years thorow twenty Feavors which have been apparent thus have I been helped, for if one Pill will be to weak it must be assisted with another, and if two be too weak it must be assist­ed with a third, and if three be too weak it must be assisted with a fourth; thus far I have gone with it my self, and seldom it is that a Feavor staid with me twenty four hours, or hardly ever to keep me in a doors all the next day, but by after­noon likely I am master of it; and let all take no­tice that it is far better to take a little and oft, that is to say, four hours asunder, as I did and do my self if there be occasion, so will it work sweetly and powerfully with ease and delight; and whereas I spake of the stopping of some of my Organical parts, they were my ears and nose, my ears so opened, that when I held my breath and blew, the wind would flye thorow both my ears, I could perceive it by making my hair fly on both sides, and indeed they are both as good as ever since they were mine, which before the use of my Pill were weak and defective; I do therefore always renew my thanksgiving unto God for so great a mercy bestowed upon me now in the latter end of my days, for as I have said often, such hath been my continued pains and anguish for above twenty years that I have not known the hour in all that time wherein I have took so much pleasure in my life as to desire to live it out; I [Page 92]joyfully acknowledge unto the praise of my ma­ster which I have served from my youth up with an upright and perfect heart, that in all that time the joys of a better life were always set be­fore my face, with the lively beams thereof al­ways kept alive in my heart, and thorow mercy I durst not complain nor say my burden was too heavy for me, I ever abhord such thoughts as too ignoble for a Christian that puts his trust in Gods free mercy in Christ; I perpetually cried aloud for strength to bear and suffer his will, and it was enough for me, the master that I always have served never suffered the cross to be two heavy and burthensom to me, I know well it crossed no­thing but an unbelieving, corrupt, and carnal mind. I have oft wondred considering my ap­parent weakness, wherefore I did live or had life permitted me, forasmuch as I could not dis­cern which way I was likely to perform service, either unto God or unto man, more then this that it was for my Lord and Masters power to rest up­on me, and to manifest his glory in my great in­firmity, but now I am apt to think that I am pre­served, as with joy I do find, to be a blessing and a refreshing unto many, and truely the poverty and sickness, rejection of friends and relations which has past me, doth not (as it doth with too many) set me on to take hold on riches or make hast to be rich, or fill my self with the profits and pleasures of this life, but much rather if it were possible for me, such is the burning desire of my heart, I say, I would if possible bear the sickness and bitterness of all men, and frequently with joy [Page 93]and tears when I have heard the returns of those poor which by my hand as a weak instrument; I say when they have told the great things [...]he Lord hath done for them, my soul within me hath revived with praise and thansgiving that I am and have been spared unto so great and blessed a work as the Lord imploys me in; I see also and perceive why I my self have been trained up in affliction, to the end I might learn of the true pattern of all obedience, Jesus Christ, who came not to do his own will, but the will of him that sent him, who speaking of those that are his and have interest in him, as of sons and children, that he took part with them, to wit, flesh and blood, the nature of Abraham, not Angels, and was tem­pted as a man, that he might succor those that are tempted and learn to be a merciful Saviour; and let me speak further, whether my heart deceive me God knoweth, it is my perpetual supplication that I might rather dye and sease, then that this my rejoycing should be made void, but that I may truly and faithfully do likewise unto the utmost of my power always ready to joyn my shoulder un­to him that is ready to fall, supporting, comforting and assisting according unto what I have received extended always unto him that is sick and feeble of heart; and thorow mercy there is a good witness for the time past (I doubt not) recorded in heaven; and I further hope to increase it thorow the blessed assistance of him who shews mercy un­to the poor and needy in their distress.

Directions how to take this Pill aright.

LEt it be understood that each one according unto his age, strength, or weakness is to take a portion severally.

The ordinary dosse is the biggness of a gray pease swelled, or twelve grains, or ten, or four­teen grains to twenty grains where is strength, but to a child new born no more then a pin-head, and not a great one neither, but about one quar­ter of a grain. My advice and councel is to all both old and young that they be sure they take little enough at first, and in so doing there is great safty, always having regard to the strength and condition of the patient, & forasmuch as the thing in its one property is a mear cordial, and a great fortifier of nature, too much you may take with­out safty, as a man may drink too much wine, but too little you cannot take as to safty, so that the least grain is profitable to whole nature, and not in the least prejudicial; therefore I do warn and charge that you begin with little enough, and that you do increase afterward as you find by good experience the patient can bear it, unto a child of ten or twenty hours old give as much as a small pins-head, and so increase with care as you shall find it to work, it at once brings them to rest, causeth them to eat and suck lustily, and drives out any thing amiss in them; and for a [Page 95]child a year old give as much as a great pin-head, still increasing as you do perceive strength to bear it, but it is better to give it either to old or young a little and oft, always taking it when you are going to bed or in bed, and you must alow twelve or fourteen hours unto its working, and above all things take heed of colds, but if you should get a cold, haste to bed, take a good Pill, it is gone, it will do no hurt, if you find your head to be giddy and unsettled, and also your stomach to be heaving, it is best to give it time and repose by sleep, least you be very sick and vomit, which you will not do if your stomach be not very foul; note that it is not in its strength till four or five hours taken; there is no observation of diet, but for men and women to keep a wholsom open & clean diet, avoyding all things that is cold and windy in ope­ration, but always keep your stomach warm with that which is good & wholesom; also always drink a wine-glass of the best Beer, Ale or Wine after the taking of the Pill; it is to be noted that if a mans head and breast be well he may rise at any time; I my self do frequently rise after the taking my last Pill about two hours, this is in hot weather, not but that I must sleep after again; you must further give what time you will, if your stomach be foul and poisonous you will vomit, I do in the Winter time frequently when I am abroad and find my self not well, take a little Pill of four grains or a grain or two more, as I like my self, and drink a cup of good Beer after it, this doth raise me up beyond all belief, its common opera­tion is by sweat and Urin which you may in­crease [Page 96]as you please, you shall find that a double portion will have a double effect, so that you may do what you will with your self; it is fur­ther to be noted, that after three or four days this Pill will purge your body but with hast and plea­sure; generally it doth purge, you will also find a fiery sharp humor to go away, and although it make you a little sore for the present, yet will you have cause to give thanks to God for its dis­charge, although with pain; you will do well to let it take its own course and follow natures law; it oft appears most by Urin, I know many because of its strange working have slighted it, and left it, and spake ill of it thorow their own fears, unto their own hurt, and yet at last it hath been their last and best refuge, these are not a few in and a­bout London, and now who shall commend it like these; it is no new thing to have the best sub­stances thrown by, if they do not in all things ap­pear according unto received circumstances, I do wish all that are weak to do as I do my self, to use this Pill more or less as they find occasion, and al­ways have within their reach a cup of the best, a spoonful of good cordial-water is good in cold weather; my Pill doth hate all small drinks that are fomented or wrought with yeast, which fills with Wind and Rhums, keep ever your stomach warm with wholesom meat and drink, and care not for being a little hot, let it suffice thee that my Pill although hot, yet doth it kill all unnatural heat whatever; I have always by me a bottle of a rich cordial-water, and a pot of strong Beer, or Ale with Sugar, or of the Sirrop of black Cheries, [Page 97]which after my way of making doth excel, and sometimes I do use these apart, and sometimes to­gether, as I do find my self, and sometimes none of them all, but of any drink whatever it be, be not to free with it at one time, but rather a little and oft; you will find this Pill to coarse and fol­low wind up and down from head to heel, as a dogg followeth a Hare thorow every hedge and bush, and in this working you will of a suddain find a little faintness, then a spoonful of that which is best is acceptable and well applied, at that time besure to keep your head on your Pillow, and while one would tell fourty it is gone; and thus it will do till it hath found some natural purger for his enemy, but if thou dost not break wind by a sensible way of evacuation, yet thou shalt find it gone thou knowest not which way, thou maist observe that thy Pores are set open all over thy body, and by secret breathings at those little Pores, it will oft make his way, and sometimes by Urin it will follow natures law, and use those purges which is most apt and spontaneous; and what pains soever thou hast old or new will give way and thou at ease, as if thou ailedst nothing, for the most part it is so, but if thou find it rake too high upon an old grief, know it is in order to heal and cure it; therefore I say, condescending unto thy weakness and unbelief, prove it first with a little and increase with judgement, as you find strength and courage to bear it, thou maist know that it hath power, if thou hast wisdom to apply it.

[Page 98]It falls out oft upon surly griess, as Sciatica and Gout in the feet, that it will nibble at them more strongly then thou wouldst, therefore mark what I have said to thee.

In my first Bill I did not commend it to women with child, both because my Pill is not now as then, neither had I experience, but now I do commend it to them above any thing in the world for the health both of mother and child, and if young women would avoyd green and hurtful fruits and windy things, and instead thereof keep a good and wholesom diet, and now and then, if cause, to use of these Pills, we should not have so many miserable weak children; but women will so palpably inslave their own healths and lives and their infants unto a foolish lust, to that which proves pernitious unto both, observing neither what is for their own or their infants health and wellfare.

I will relate one story of a woman with child, one that lived about Safoxus-mills in Southwark, and this woman was extreamly tormented, but did not know what it was that troubled her, she had took divers things but to no purpose, and so it was that her pains [...] did exceed, that she was weary of her life; this woman meets with one of my Pills, but how I did not know till after­wards, and without leave takes it at a venter, and contrary unto its usual course, it set this woman a purging, and gave her above twenty stools, and then brought from her an abortive or false con­ception, whereat she was well and so continued [...] the month that she had to go, and in her sea­son [Page 99]was delivered of a lusty boy very well, and so both mother and child continue well for any thing as ever I heard, praised be God, and after we heard of this woman, we likewise heard of others which did take it in the very hour of tra­vel with happy success, and with much ease, more then ever they brought child into the world be­fore, and now lately it is grown common with women that know it and use it in the time of be­ing with child, to take it in their extremity, and also to give it their child as soon as born, if they discern cause.

I will now give you one instance or two of some that have used it presumptionsly, and have took too much of it, it may be such like experi­ences will admonish the unruly to use a good thing to a good purpose and not abuse themselves thereby.

About a month ago I chanced to light into the company of a man that lives near London-bridge in Theams-street, he said he lay one night with a Gentleman which lay at his house, this Gentle­man having of my Pills in a silver box, took one himself, and left his box on the table and went to bed, this man he takes as much at twice as would have made five or six (he compared it to to his thumb end) the least of which would have been enough for him, this portion did begin to work very high upon him, and he fell into a strong vomitting in a strong sweat, and after a while he needs must go to stool, he in his sweat goes down two p [...]ir of stairs to the house of of­fice, and he protested to me that as he s [...]t upon the [Page 100]stool the sweat did drop off him upon his feet; thus twice he went down two pair of stairs to purge, and very ill by fits, it made him that he thought he should have dyed no other death, but says he, I will never take more of your Pills: this man is old enough to have seen his error and my Pills benefit, yet this is his conclusion, hence let all be admonished to follow direction given, for his resolution was as rash as taking the Pills was, and carries so much folly in it, as it doth stand more need to be pitied then answered, for who seeth not but that if he had taken a portion fit for him how profitable it would have been to him.

A child in Saint Martins being presently helped of Rickets and ill digestion of meat and such like griefs; another of their next neighbors comes in great haste for another child in like condition, I gave her Pills as the other had, and shewed her by making a one or two what quantity she should give the child, she follows my order the first day, and she did sensibly discern such a mighty change in the boy, both as to his breath and chear­fulness all the next day as did much delight her, and said she, if so much as this little thing do my childe so much good, I will give it more, and that will do it more good (and indeed so it proved for it cured the boy) and she gave it what she thought good, I shall never know how much it was she gave him, but the next day the child was very sick and would eat nothing but oft fainted and vomitted much, she sends to me in great hast and said she feared I had [Page 101]killed her child, I asked her sister whom she sent if they had followed my direction, she assured me that they had to a tittle; in the afternoon I went to see what was the matter, and by that time the boy was very wel and had broke thorow it, and the woman then told me what she had done, and her sister who affirmed that they had strictly followed my rules, said, did not I tell you you would kill the boy by giving him too much, thus you may see how I am dealt with, and I know in this I am not alone if this child had died, I should have been called the killer of it, neither should I ever have heard what the mo­ther had done to it.

While I am writing, at present came a man to me fit to be remembred, although out of place which for two years was sore troubled with a sharp eat­ing Rhum falling from his head, that he was almost lost, he looked blackish, yallow, wan, his eys dul, he was almost starved for want of meat, he could nei­ther eat nor sleep, he could get no help, Gods good hand direct him to me in a time of need, his throat and pallate of his mouth almost eat away, I look­ed into his mouth at his request, there was a hole eat out I could have turned my finger in it, it was sad to see; I did somewhat suspect what disease it should be, but indeed I think both he and his wife fears God and is innocent and chast in their lives; I gave this man one quartern of Pills, he came a­gain in five or six days so altered, as I scarce knew him he did look so chearful, fresh, his eyes quick, his throat almost well, so much more set him quite well, and so he continues and he it may be spends [Page 102]one quartern in one quarter of a year upon him self; I confess I never in my life, as I can remem­ber knew the like, what the man ailed I cannot tell, it is sufficient thorow Gods blessing even at once, as water would quench fire, so effectually did my Pill administer healing unto him, which did quick­ly make him pull out the stuff wherewith he had stoped it with.

To conclude I think I need not speak more to my Pill or how to use it, for what is related in the several examples or experiences, will be as land marks to guide each one how and when to make application to themselves and friends with comfort and fasty, so as they need not to trouble themselves or me for further direction how to use it, and for such as are not therewith satisfied I do heartily desire they would let it alone, and I do assure them, that if they have no need of my Pills, that my Pills have no need of them, and further I add that from my heart I do intreat all who and whatever they be that have a half perswasion to take and try my Pills, that if that they be not so well perswaded of them as to think of them to be proper means for their health, so as to pray for Gods blessing upon their use, that all such what­ever they be would let them alone. I know the Atheistical profaneness of many which laugh when perswaded to joyn faith and prayer in its use, their wickedness and folly needs no answer­ing.

Here followeth a Catalogue of names with their dwellings, of such as have used or knoweth the use of my Pill, of whom you may inquire.

  • Mr. Henry Bonner, Fish-street-hill, at the Katherin­wheel.
  • Mr. Gibert Branden at the Swan and Bridge, at Bridge-foot.
  • Mr. Tho. Isgate, Bridge foot.
  • Mrs. Hudson Martins-lane, old Swan.
  • Mrs. Mardin Angel-alley by Cole-harbor.
  • William Hawkins Butcher Eastcheap.
  • Mrs. Jones Ducksfilld lane.
  • Mrs. Fellkin, Mark-lane by Tower-street.
  • Mrs. Bargman, Tower-street.
  • Mr. Nicholes, Tower-hill.
  • Mr. Robinson, by the Scaffold on Tower-hill.
  • Mr. Nuttall, by the Postern Tower-hill.
  • Mrs. Leine alias Green, Cater-lane.
  • Mrs. Roles by the Iron-gate.
  • Mr. Barham Manister of Saint Tellins.
  • Mrs. Laugham, Saint Tellins.
  • Mr. Liggon, Whit-hart-court without Bishopsgate.
  • Mrs. Prosser, Half-Moon-alley little Morefields.
  • Mrs. Lewis, Priest-alley Tower-street.
  • Mrs. Thornton, Mint Tower.
  • Mr. John Renals, Say master Tower his maid-servent.
  • Mr. Nathaniel Marsh, Monier in the Tower.
  • Mrs. Hunt, Gravel lane Starch-maker.
  • [Page 104] Mr. Andrews, Coopers Alms houses Ratcliff.
  • Mr. Crainton, Ratcliff-cross.
  • Mr. Roe, Ratcliff-cross.
  • Mr. Gibson, Ratcliff-cross.
  • William Hornbe, Woollwich.
In Lime house.
  • Mr. Tho. Coasts.
  • Mr. John Hostin.
  • Mrs. Ann Eliot.
  • Mr. Edmond Harman.
  • Mrs. Ann Pope.
  • Mrs. Elizabeth Coats.
  • Mrs. Joan Pirkins.
  • Mr. Tho. Hastin.
  • Mrs. Sarah Skenes.
  • Mrs. Alice Hughes.
  • Mrs. Mary Thomson.
  • Mrs. Prudence Persall.
  • Mr. Ravins. Woollwich.
  • Mr. Packwood, Woollwich.
  • Mr. Hance Woollwich.
  • Mr. Barton Woollwich.
In Ratcliff.
  • Mr. John Smart.
  • Mrs. Mary Smart.
  • Mrs. Mary Andrews.
  • Joseph Barker.
  • Elizabeth Hadwine.
  • Ric. Dean.
  • John Dean.
  • [Page 105]Adam Haire.
  • Mr. Coppin,
  • Mrs. Stanton.
  • Joan Reares.
  • Mr. Kendal of Chattham.
  • Mr. Booth, Woollwich.
  • Mr. Comfort.
  • Mrs. Bishop, Mase Southwark.
  • Mrs. Harris, Barnesbe-street Southwark.
  • Mr. Stevens, Barnesbe-street end.
  • Mr. Caskue, Battle-bridg.
  • Mr. Sharp, Saint Thomas Southwark.
  • Will. Whitlock, Saint Thomas Southwark.
  • Mr. Vere, Houndsdich Currier yard.
  • Tho. Dennis at the Bell Southwark.
  • Tho. Hakelion, Bank-side.
  • Mr. Brooks, Maiden-lane Southwark.
  • Mr. Clemant, Bank-side Southwark.
  • Mr. Tench, near Falkeon Southwark.
  • Mr. Morgin, Bankeside.
  • Mr. Kettel, Barber in Tho. Southwark.
  • Mr. Nic. Parcks, New-street near Shoo-lane.
  • Mr. Pittman, Meal-market Southwark.
  • Mr. Chapman, Gravel-lane Houndsdich.
  • Abednego Child, Mileend.
  • Tabitha Eliat, Whitechapel Churchyard.
  • Mr. James Hill, Coleman-street George-alley.
  • Sarah Taylor, Northumberland-Alley.
  • Mr. Bavin, Northumberland-alley.
  • Mr. Smith, Northumberland-alley.
  • Mr. Barber, Further Tower-hill new building.
  • Mrs. Sillito, Tower-dock.
  • Mr. Hussey, Thumberland-alley.
  • [Page 106] Mr. Deadman, Halfinoon, Cornhill.
  • Mr. Smith, Cock at Longlane end Aldersgate-street.
  • Mr. Smith, Graver Gutter-lane.
  • Mr. Weaver, Clock-maker at the Pumpe, Broad-street end.
  • Widow Smith at the A [...]chor in Coleman-street.
  • Mr. Barton, Nags- [...]ead-alley, Bishopsgate-street.
  • Mr. Fromantell, Clock-maker at the Millel Duck-lane by the Hospital.
  • Mr. Prime, Angel-alley at Thumberland-alley end, Allgate.
  • Mr. James at Mr. Fromantells.
  • Mr. Lomes, Clock-makey [...] at the Mermaid.
  • Mrs. Burrows, at the three Cocks Lothberry.
  • Mr. Loddinton, Barber Lothbery. Westminster.
  • Edward Batterbes, Ti [...]-street.
  • Joh. Fells, Kings-street.
  • Law. Dibes, Kings-street.
  • Simon Clesbe, Mill-bank.
  • Mrs. Barnes, Petty-France.
  • Mrs. Alerige, Tuttle-street.
  • Mrs. Kellsall, little Wood-street.
  • Captain Robinson, Tuttle-street.
  • Mr. Jos. Sprige, Whirehall.
  • Mr. Seal, Brasier Cat-eaten-street.
  • Mrs. Heassell, Checker Wa [...]lin-street.
  • Mr. Roberts, Lower end of Broad-street.
  • Mr. Barber in Fire-ball-court Hounsdich.
  • Mr. Hamon, lower end of Broad-street.
  • Mr. Jesseries, in fireball Court Hounsdich.
  • Mr. Ward, Excise Office.
  • Mr. Barnard, Excise Office.
  • [Page 107] Mr. Boulstrod, Surgis-hall.
  • Mr. Esterle, Excise Office.
  • Collonel Potter of Richmond.
  • Mr. Prichit of Richmond.
  • Mr. Bacon, Controler Ely-house.
  • Mrs. Rawbone, New Bridewell.
  • Mrs. Cuttler, Charter-house.
  • Mr. Hawood, Seven stars Lamber-street.
  • Andrew Dancy, Abchurch-lane.
  • Mr. Lashle Barbar, Colledge-hill.
  • Mr. Williams, Nelins court Black-fryers.
  • Ric. Andrews, Whitechappel.
  • Mr. Loveday, Spittlefeils.
  • Mr. Clement, Silkman Cheapside by the Bull-head.
  • Mr. Richards, Basing-lane.
  • Captain Johnson, lower end Bow-lane.
  • Mr. Mellish, Trinity-lane Baker.
  • Mrs. Mountague, three Tim-alley London wall.
  • Alice Ruse at Mr. Hudson Martins-lane.
  • Mrs. Brooks at the same Mr. Hudsons.
  • The Baker Martins-lane end old Swan.
  • Cap. Cellke Pewterer Burchin lane.
  • Mr. Hatten, Winsforth-street.
  • Mr. Penny, Excise Office.
  • Mr. Pearpoint, Douins alley Bishopsgate-street.
  • Mr. Ellis, Sherbone-lane Taylor.
  • Mrs. Freeman at Mr. Cutlers Charter-house.
  • Mr. Neal, Cheapside.
  • Mrs. Seeton in Saint Thomas Southwark.
  • Mrs. Broom, Frying pan Cheapside.
  • Mrs. Winfeild, Hellin down by Ʋxbridge.
  • Mr. Preston, Swan-alley Coleman-street.
  • Mrs. Tart, Bell alley Coleman-street.
  • [Page 108] Mrs. Taverner of Hillindoron.
  • Mr. Brade School-master Crutchet fryers pumpe.

I have set down a few names with their dwell­ings, to the end thou mayest here what they will say, and this I will assure thee that they all have cause to speak well, and so indeed they have done, and I think will do, otherwise thou maist believe I would never have set their names here; and if it were a thing necessary it were a small matter for me in a little time to give thee ten for one; but these being scattered over the Town and at once come to mind while I am a dispatch­ing this little book, I am willing without care­funess to abide by their testimony, knowing well what I have commended whether men speak well or ill in this matter, yet I must tell thee that some of these at Westminster, and some at Limmehouse I do not know, but their neighbors names them to me while I am a writing, others that I do know, and I do intreat thee to believe that it is no part of my labor to trouble my self with names and peoples dwellings.

Now I will in as plain words as I can deliver unto you some choise Receits which I think have not seen the light, easily wrought, almost by any vulgar hand, which will be acceptable unto such as are endued with love and goodwill, and do desire the good of their neighbor.

To draw the true Oyl of Amber, the sam which I have used for many years with wonderful effect and benefit to the users, and the same of which I have spoken in this Book.

TAke the Scruff of Amber what quantity you please (which you may buy at the Druggist) and beat it in a Morter grosly, then take a good new Brick, and beat it to powder likewise, of these equal weight, and mix them well toge­ther one a table, it is ready.

Take a good Retort of glass and put on it a good coat of strong lute made of blood, lome, hair, and sharp sand, and moisten them with strong Brian, lay it on all over the thickness of two half crowns, let it dry in the sum, when its dry look well, and purge what is a miss and it is ready, fill this three parts full of thy Brick and Amber, and it is ready to put into thy Furnace, make a Furnace with a grate, and lay a cross bar of Iron eight inches above thy grate, set thy re­tort in an earthen Dish of ashes or sand upon this bar, let the nose stand inclining so as what con­denceth may run out, build up about thy Retort and keep an inch distance or more, and just at the top of thy Furnace, leave a vent so bigg as an egge may go in at it; note if thy vent be too strait thou will be puzzled, but if too big then maist with tile shird make it less by laying it on the [Page 110]top, lay to it a receiver as bigg as the retort, see that all be dry and well fixed, then with a gentle fire of Charcole under thy grate make fire for twelve hours, thou wilt perceive thy work to sweat, and a white waterishness to cleave unto the neck of thy Retort, and in thy Receiver, con­tinue this degree of fire under thy grate in the ash-pit for twelve hours or longer, till thou per­ceive it to slack its working, then begin with final fire upon thy grate, govern thy work with care that it work not too fiercely, for then thou wilt endanger all thy work and break thy vessels, and keep that heat till thou seest that it will work no more, and that as thou perceivest there cometh nothing, increase thy fire a little for three hours, and if thou perceive that it begin to send forth white fumes, keep that degree for six hours, and by this time thou maist be sure that all the Fleg [...] is come off, then put in a Sea-cole finder or two, and so by degrees leave Charcole, and bring [...]a thy fire with Sea-cole, it is for thy profit so to do, and by this time there is no great danger, the Oyl is drunk up into the Brick, and thou with a lit­tle increase of fire will make him discharge o [...] spew it out again and yet keep it from flowing, so that thou wilt receive now a thick, black, or deep red Oyl, thou maist in twelve hours more setch off all thy Oyl without fear, for it doth require good and strong fire, and with a tile give vent at the top which thou laidst on in the beginning of thy work, let all cool together as it stands, and then take off thy Oyl and have a clean retort rea­dy and pour it thereinto, and if thou wilt [Page 111]make a retort thy receiver which is better, then let it stand till thou art ready for it, take out the retort with the Capud, and clap into thy Furnace an Iron Kettle, and let the bottom seat upon the Iron Bar, and leave a large vent so bigg as a small fist way be put down it; note this Fur­nace will stand in any Chimney-corner (how lit­tle soever it be) and with Lime and Hair fix the same handsomely, let the Kettle incline a little that it may c [...]s [...] the Oyl the better; set into sand thy Retort with the Oyl, let the nose incline that the Oyle may descend or drop, let it stand half an inch in the bottom of sand under the retort, fill about with the same sand so high as the Oyl in the retort is, let not the sand be either too sharp or too fine, but of a middle greet, break the neck of another retort to go over this, if it be two inches wide, then if need not go over above one inch, but if it be but one inch wide, it had need go over three inches, lute it fast about with Starch and paper; do thy work neatly like a work man, make a Sea-cole fire under gently un­till all the Flegm be come over, and after increase thy fire, Note, that if thou hast wr [...]g [...] well in thy fir [...] dr [...]ght, [...] p [...]und of [...] thou wilt [...] of [...]y [...] [...]nd [...] thi [...] [...]; repeat the [...]a [...]e [...] [...]n the second time; then h [...]t thou attained unto that Oyl as [...] constantly sell for four shillings the ounce, and sometimes unto Gen­tlefolks, and sometimes for nothing: thou maist note that I have of the [...] which [...]h been thus rectified ab [...]e ten times, that I never sold [Page 112]any of it under twenty shillings the ounce. Thus I have given thee without any knot, the tree and plain way of my own work, which I have done of my self without any guide or teaching, but as God hath taught me, and therefore know not what way other men take, accept them at my hand, therefore whereunto I have attained, with as much love as I tender it unto thee.

Many conclusions I have tried, thinking to ad­vance the worth of this Oyl, but it proved other­wise; note that with fire thou canst not wronge it, but therewith thou must seed it, and on fire it doth seed as naturally as thou feeds upon thy meat; many that would be accounted wise we choise in their fire, and dare not stir it up least all theirwork should be spoiled, but I am sure they are fools and spoil their work for want of fire, for its clearness must not come with gentle fire but with oft rectifying, for if thou wilt take from him his fetid sent, know that he is worth nothing fit for Ladies to play wish, but not to do them good, and because many will disdain me in this matter, I will take in one more with me, viz. Radolphus Glover, who saith as much; note that it is best to keep this Oyl upon the Flegma as its one mother, neither will the Oyle sower so soon: I do think in my conscience this Oyl comes the nearest unto a Me­dicin universal, if strongly rectifyed ten or twelve times, and the opperator have judgement to keep and hold his Spirituousness with strong Lute, of any Oyl in the world, I have found it so and therefore so speak.

[Page 113]But because many would fain make this Oyl, who live far off and cannot get vessels, I will shew them a clownish way or two, that they may make a shift as I have done; but first note, I do protest I do not know out of my own hand where this Oyl can be had for mony; I have tried again and again that which is sold for it, but I finde little of the truth there, I do not doubt but it is in divers hands to be had for mony, but where out of my own hand I know not, but that which is trade stuff is fetcht more out of the Firr-tree then out of the Scruff of Amber.

Let the Country gentleman that lives far off, and loves them that God loves, viz. the poor, and would fain do them good, let him attend to what I say, take a long neckt jugg, the longest you can get, and cover it well with a strong lute as I appointed thee to cover the retort withall, put in thy Am­be [...] confect therein, lay thy jugg upon thy Iron bar within thy Furnace, let the nose lie out about one inch, let not the nose incline, but look a little upward, set to another jugg whose mouth will go over his mouth, lute them fast together, pro­ceed in all points as formerly, and thou haft thy desire; and if thou wouldst rectifie those ves­sels, be sure that they be very well burned and glazed, otherwise thou maist go seek thy Oyle, or thou maist very well make thy first drought in Gawbers first Furnace if thou have any of them, or any Potter will make thee of them.

I will yet commend unto thee another way, which is no sable but what I have wrought with my own hand and of my own invention, [Page 114]which I am sure no ingenious man will dispise.

Take a large Funnel of Crooked-lane-plate, or of thin brass, as my own is of that I have used the same way and for the same purpose; and cut so much of its small end off as thou maist turn thy thum in it, get a Plate of thin Iron or Brass, and fit it unto the top of thy Funnel so artly that it may lie a straws breadth within the rim of thy Funnel, and if thou canst not get a Plate conveniently, take an old Frying-pan bottom; if none of these, then an earthen dish, but it will require a stronger fire upon i [...], be careful that whatever it be that it fit thy Funnel or Tunel, then take another earthen dish about two inches deep, or a little less, and let it be almost as wide as the Funel, put it into the Funnel, and take three or four six penny nails, put them betwixt the dish and the Fun­nel side, that there may be a straws breadth or a nails bredth betwixt the Tunnel and the dish, for the vapor to go down by, put thy Amber grosly beaten into the dish, but be sure that thy plate above do reach within an inch or inch and half at farthest; then lay over thy plate, then take a live Charcole and lay thereon which may warm the Plate, have ready chalk beaten to fine powder, and a strong lye made of Bay salt, and thereof make thin stuff as if thou wouldst make Pancakes, and with thy knife lay this lute upon the edge of thy Funel which will bind fast the plate & the Funnel that nothing can vapor that way, take thy Funnel and set it into a large glass with a narrow mouth, and lute it well with a Iinnen cloth and some of thy lute, [Page 115]and set thy glass where thou wilt in thy window or one thy table; it is great pleasure to behold this working, thou maist govern it as thou wilt by thy increase or decrease of fire; this I have done and it is speedy, easie, and delightful, and almost without charge, onely note thy Oyl comes very thick; clean all thy vessels with warm water and soap, and then thou maist rectifie therewith; thou must take heed to blow away the ashes, that the heat may take the Iron plate under it more aptly, the gentlier thou dost fire, the better will thy work be.

Of this Oyl if a vollum were writ of its pow­er and vertue, it would be short of what is con­tained in it; I will content my self with giving thee two or three instances, leave thee to judge of it as it seems good unto thee.

At the beginning of these unnatural wars, I think about seventeen or eighteen years ago (for so long I have used it) I my self being extream week even as water, languishing by degrees, after a sore fit of sickness, which held me from Barthol­mew-tide unto Shrove-tide; and for near seven years, passing my days in as great affliction as might be and go upright, nothing that I could take doing me any good, able to digest no whol­some food; and if I had gone the length of Tow­er-street, it was pains enough for me to lie on the bed all the day after it, indeed having in­ward peace I did long for death, but it fled away as God would have it; I knew not what I ailed, onely whole nature wasted and spent, and being deaf I imployed a man to serreng my ear, I found­ed [Page 116]under his hand four times, that they thought I should then have dyed: the man told me I was the weakest man that ever came under his hand, willed me to get good Oyl of Amber, and drink three or four drops in the morning fasting, and he would warrant my recovery, I inquired what it was, and till I came unto Hans Honger in White-chappel the Hungarian, I could not learn its vertue, he commended it as one of the most ab­solute things in the world, he prepared me one ounce, for which I gave him ten shillings (and if I had given him ten pounds he had deserved it) I took three dtops as I was directed, and two mornings it purged and no more, but brought me to a right order, viz. once in a day, but before I had I know not how many stools in a day, and also made water almost at ever post through weak­ness, but in three weeks or a months time I was renewed from head to heal, and was like a boy of fourteen years old no ground could hold me▪ even at once released of all the sore burdens and oppressions that I lay under, which did much a­maze most that knew me and I told them with what, although few would believe it; this rela­tion is true, praised be God for this Oyl as a bles­sed instrument thereof, for presently I broke wind, began to feel an appetite and digest that which I did eat which was happy effects to me, that for some years knew I not what it ment, and God so ordered it, that at that very time I fell in with a French Emperick which was servant unto the Prince of Orringe, and from the time I have labored in this art of Alchimy.

[Page 117]A child being near death with Convulsion-fits, its father, mother, grandmother coming into th [...] Country where the child was at nurse intending to bury it before they went home to London, the child having had thirty fits, some black and some white, nothing could interpose; I desired them to annoint the breast with some of this Oyl, and indeed it was the first draught onely, it stopt the fit coming, and the child had no more fits while she had it to nurse, unto their great astonishment, the Nurse said to me, that if I would have asked at that time five pound a drop, I might have had it, but eighteen pence did serve the turn.

Another time I did use to go oft unto a friends house where one lay sick of the Pestilence, I fan­cied with my self not to be afraid, neither can I say I was afraid, but so it was that I felt something rise and swell under my right arm, I let it alone two or three days, till at last it was so bigg that I could not get my arm unto my side as I was wont, and to my thinking it was as bigg as an egg, and begun to be sore; I then had two sorts of Oyl of Amber, one that was fine to drink, and another sort that was course to annoint; I drank my por­tion of the best, and then I called for my courser sort as I was in bed, and with my left hand an­nointed under my arm, and while my hand was upon it, it did avoid the place and fell under my short ribs, I followed it with Oyl upon my ribs, and while my hand was on it, it leaped up un­der my arm again, I to it again under my arm with more Oyl, and while my arm was on it, it went I know not whether, the next morning I [Page 118]felt a little pain upon the contrary shoulder, and thus it went away and I heard no more of it, bles­sed be God for his goodness and mercy unto me.

I was once almost forced to visite a Gentleman who was lame of the Gout, I left him Pills, and gave him of this Oyle to annoint his feet; this man neglected his Pills, onely annointed with this Oyl, he told me the next day he was in ease, and his foot and legg all alike sore; this man with one or two Pills and this Oyl was so well as I obser­ved him he ran after me to open his door to let me out, and so at once was well of his lameness; this is true, I have related.

Many by drinking this Oyl onely have voided many stones and much gravel when drunk is White-wine; I do use in Feavors to rubb my self all over with this Oyl and drink it inwardly, and do find the ready way to cure with my Pills, and although it be fire, for so is my Pills, yet do they quickly extinguish an unnatural fire, as all find that use them, thanks be to God for it.

I never knew Convulsion stand with it, but it is ready help, as far as I have proved, and as profitable for any ach of limbs whereever, nay I have known when able Doctors have concluded of nothing but death, where extream vomiting and tearing of limbs have been, being left, I have then caused the patient to be rubbed all over with this Oyl with a warm hand, which instantly hath caused cease of pain, and such breaking wind as is not to be credited, and forthwith health hat [...] followed, this I have seen with my eyes, blesse [...] [Page 119]be God for it. I leave it to Gods blessing in thy hand; I think to speak no more of it, this book having already exceeded my intention, you may safely annoint a little child of a month old or younger if you have the true Oyl; yea as soon as it is born without danger, and I have known it given inwardly at sixteen weeks old without danger, it is altogether discorsive and not con­tractive, and therefore safe and profitable for women that have Cankers in their Brests, as I have known some cured with my Pills and this Oyl, praised be God for it; but I am weary of writing being very burthen some unto me. I can­not but further add that till I knew my Pills I ne­ver knew the like for all griess whatever that took their root from wind and Rhums, it break wind apparently sensible twenty four hours from off the stomach.

I will also here commend to the another which I am perswaded may truely be accounted brother unto the Oyl of Amber, for I have much used it, and found it for all inward applications no whit inferior unto it; this thou maist, know, for it is not any part of my design to deceive thee, that I have found that if I did drink Amber above four­teen days or three weeks, then its vertue would be gone, then have I left it off and drank this Oyl I shall now speak of as long, and then the Oyl of Amber would come fresh as at first in strength and vertue, thou maist note also that the Oyl of Am­ber if you take too much of it in hot weather will produce faintings, which this will not, further note, I never durst use this Oyl outwardly, [Page 120]but the Oyl of Amber with great fasty.

Of this Oyl I never read in all my life, nor ever heard of any that ever did make any use of it but my self, and my one reason led me to it contem­plating one the subject, could not but believe, there was real worth in it, as I by experience have truely found, and this Oyl I call the Oyl or Spirit of Pine, for so indeed it is, for Tar is made of the Pine-tree, as Johnson reports; I know nice noses will snuffel at this Oyl as a thing most detestable; I do is this as in other things admire the depth of the wisdom and goodness of God, who puts honor upon those things men most dis­pise, but I being all my life put hard to it for the preservation of my health have laid phantastical humors aside, and seriously searched into the blessing of God hid and covered even in dispised things; and truely I cannot say I have labored in vain, and indeed the benefit of this one as to health makes amends for an hundred abortives or errors.

Take therefore in the name of God what quan­tity of Tar thou pleasest, and put it into a retort w [...]ll lut [...]d▪ [...]d take like quantity of Bay-salt, put it into a new earthen vessel, make a good fire of Charcole about it, which is called a Wheel-fire of S [...]tat [...] and let thy Salt stand meanly red till it will crack no more, and that is called Decrepitating, beat this Salt to powder while it is warm in a stone Morter, and then with a wide Funel power it upon thy Tar which thou put in­to the Retort, let all together fill thy retort two thirds, set the retort in the palm of thy hand, and [Page 121]mix them well by shaking of them together, place this retort upon the Iron bar eight inches above thy grate in a dish of sifted ashes, as is taught in the drawing of the Oyl of Amber, proceed with it in all points as with the Oyl of Amber, onely at the last give violent fire for twelve hours, thou shalt receive three substances, viz. in the bottom of thy glass thou shalt receive a white Balsom, which is of unknown worth and vertue, as to my self I speak, the least heat disolves it, but I never made no experiment with it, but gave it to a friend which used to handle hard tools, and he had a corn for divers yeers in one of the joynts of his finger which was a daily grief and pain unto him; he annointed it with this balsom, and it did swell and rise, he took a sharp knif and did cut off what did rise up, and then did annoint a­gain, it made it to rise again, he cut it again, and then did annoint again, and it did swell and rise again, this labor he continued till the corn came perfectly out, and so remains unto this day, which is now at least this seven years; I know no wise man that considers what I have said but will grant that which hath power thus to work, can also go further when a wise man hath it in hand; above this Balsom thou wilt receive a sour Flegm, I do not know [...]ny thing it is good for, and above that thou wilt receive a deep red Oyl which separate from this Balsom and Flegm, and that rectified once in ashes, and a second time in Balneo Maria; thus far I went with it and no further for my own use, and I found it precious above gold. There came a fat man to [Page 116] [...] [Page 117] [...] [Page 118] [...] [Page 119] [...] [Page 120] [...] [Page 121] [...] [Page 122]me once that was troubled with strange fits and would beat himself and foam at mouth, and when any thing did over charge his spirits, he would fall into those fits; I gave him some of this spirit of Pine, and willed him to drink four, five or eight drops and more as he found it work, and that he could bear it, in a weeks time or a little more he sent me word he was cured, I willed him to proceed for sometime however, and one morning after he had drunk this Oyl, going a­mong his neighbors, they smelt a strong smell, at last they said it was like Tar, he fancied I had given him somewhat made of Tar, was angry with me, choosing rather to have his fits still, ra­ther then take any thing of Tar; I think it is very fit this man should keep his fits still, onely I am afraid he hath some fits more then doth him good; the abundant mercy from heaven is manifest in the freedom of nature to all men, which offers her treasures free without price, and God gives wis­dom to men to search it out, and happy is that man whose heart is set open and free to do good imitating God and nature in their bountuous gifts; and as palpable is that mans folly who de­prives himself of those blessings freely offered un­to him; and thrice more wretched is that man who withholds those mercies from mankind, unto whom the highest hath freely granted them, for what have I or another that we have not receiv­ed, and wherefore have we received, but to fullfill the ends of the giver, miserable is that man that wants that witness in heaven and in his own conscience; the blessing that I have receiv­ed [Page 123]in the taking of my Pill and in the giving it to others hath hindred me from making thorow proof of this Oyl and Balsom, I have given thee a plain receipt, and leave thee to Almighty God in the use of it, I know no more but to drink it in the morning two hours before meat, it break wind upward all day and causeth appetite, digest­eth meat, and where these are there will not want strength, so I write, because so I have found by good experience; note, drop it upon a spoonful of Ale or Beer & handsomely throw it down that thou touch it not, nor let the spoon touch it, so will you smell of it either not at all or very little, and the like for oyl of Amber, but when you belch you will taste it, hardly else; I know the scornful will not touch it, but the pained will be glad to use those things that doth them ease.

Now I will plainly give thee a plain receit which hath been kept up as a great treasure, and so indeed it is, as I thing no man of any judge­ment but will so judg it, I cannot speak of my own knowledge much of it, but my good friend from whom I have it hath been for many years reliev­ed by it, when other means failed him, and he being satisfied with my pressing desires to do good, freely gave it me to that end, and I free­ly give it you, it will speak for it self, it is of very inconsiderable preparation and yet of great effect, and thou maist prepare as much in few hours as will contain one thousand dosses, I know there are many good Gentlemen and Gentlewo­men which desire to do good unto their poor neighbor; I intreat them attend, to this, I have [Page 124]done it, it is so easily done, as it deserves not the name of a Chymical preparation: I also have known it safe and profitable, and worketh so sweetly as indeed it is a Medicin to be desired.

To prepare Antimony.

Take one part of Antimony, and six parts of the best India Salt-peeter, pound them together and serce them thorow a hair sive, take a strong cru­sible three square, and let it stand clean in a strong sire of Charcole (have a spoon tied unto a stick) put in a spoonful and it will burn, but in more and more as it burneth till the crusible is full, take a clean Tobaco pipe with the little end stir it well, let it boil and stir that till you are sure it will sparkle no more, have a Brasse or Iron Morter clean stand by you, and with your Tonges, take up your crusible & empty it into the Morter, set it again in the fire, and go on as at first, untill you have done all that you intend to do for that time, have a care to keep strong fire, it should be upon a grate that it may be strong bring this unto sine powder, and sear it thorow a Lawn five, and it is prepared for your use. Note, that if it do not fire as you do ex­pect, touch it with a live coal and set it on fire.

Antimony thus prepared, is depurated of all its fecis and poisonous qualities, loosing utterly its maligne heat; it purgeth copiously without trouble and molestation, all grosse, cold and Tar­tarous humors, and openeth all stopped passages.

[Page 125] To prepare Scamony.

Take of the best Scamony what quantity you please and beat it to powder, and serce it, have ready a Tobacco drier, and put upon it a spungy thin brown paper, take your Embers and strow in Brimstome into the fire, hold over the Scamo­ny, so that the fumes of the Brimstone may take thorow the paper, and when you perceive that it sticks unto the Paper but as thick as a half crown or shilling, cast off the rest upon a clean Paper, & with a spoon scrape off what sticks upon the paper for it is prepared, then put on again the powder of Scamony, and cast into your fire more powder of Brimstone till you perceive that some doth stick unto your paper, then cast off the loose powder and scrape off with a spoon as formerly, and this work you must repeat untill all your Sca­mony have been scrapt off in like manner, then is it all prepared, but you must be sure to take it off as soon as your can, least your Scamony quite loose all its vertue, as it will if you sume it too much with the Brimstone.

Scamony thus prepared, is good against chollar and all thin hot humors, having in it neither savor nor smell, & purgeth very easily & without pain, which is corrary unto all other preparations.

The preparation of the cream of Tartar is ordinary, or the Crystals of Tartar to be had at any Drugist used in this Portion.

Note that all these three is to be kept close in fine powder severally in glass-bottles.

[Page 126]The greatest dosse for men; Antimony ten grains, Scamony fourteen grains, Tartar eight grains.

The ordinary dosse for men; Antimony nine or ten grains, Scamony eleven or twelve grains, Tartar six grains.

The lesser dosse for men; Antimony fix grains, Scamony nine grains, Tartar five grains.

For children betwixt seven and fourteen; An­timony seven or eight grains, Scamony five or six grains, Tartar three grains.

For sucking children and under seven; Anti­mony two or three grains, Scamony four or five grains, Tartar three grains.

To children give it with Sugar or some sweet liquor, but to others as you please, if the Ague or disease cease not at the first time, give it again four or five times, ever diminishing the quan­tity, because the humors being once stirred they are the easier carried out; or if this portion do little the first day, then add more with discretion.

This Powder you may use in all diseases where humors do offend, either simple or compound, hot or cold, thin or gross, clammy or windy, worms or extention above nature, it helpeth the stopping of the Flowers, the extention of the belly, the Dropsie in the beginning, Tertians, Quartans, and all sharp Feavors, Choller, ill ap­petite, watching, thirst, unquietness of mind; i [...] helpeth the small Pox and Plurisie, it is not to be given where is great evacuation, but explition and fullness, it is much better then letting of blood.

[Page 127]As for this portion of Physick rightly prepared and applied, I do believe considering the incon­siderableness of the preparation, the world never had any better, and I trust in God I have done good service unto my Country in bringing it to light, but if any be envious and is disposed to cavil at it, all that I desire of him is, that he would let it alone.

The true preparation of Crocus Martis.

Take the filings of Steel, what quantity you please, which you may buy at the Druggist, and put it in a broad earthen well glazed dish, and sprinkle it twice a day with strong Vinegar, set it in the hot Sun, or cover it with another dish, and let if stand upom Embers the night time, do this for one month, now and then stir it up and a­gain give it Vinegar till thou perceive it is all be­come rusty, dry it well and beat it to sine pow­der, then take a large glass body, and put it into it, and pour upon it distilled Vinegar (which must needs be so, otherwise thou wilt be as much troubled with the fecis of the Vinegar, as the thou wilt be with the damd Terra of the Crocus) let it be covered with a blind head (but first stir it well) set it in a Furnace of ashes, or in Balneo Maria for four or five days, look that the Vinegar be deeply colloured red, if not shake it well to­gether and let it stand in the fire till it is, then cast off the clear into a clean vessel, & put on more Vi­negar, and this repeat till thou seest that it wil ting no more, take all thy Vinegar, and filter it thorow [Page 128]a double Cap paper (it will thorow by reason of the sharp penetration of the Vinegar) then in a clean glass vessel vapor all the Vinegar away, or with a head and receiver draw off thy Vinegar, and in the bottom thou wilt receive a fair red Crocus, but if thou wilt take the pains to repeat this labor again, that is, to dissolve it in fresh Vinegar after thou hast taken it out, and put in a clean new earth vessel, and let it be gently cal­cined for four or five days; and again desolved, filtred, coagulated, thou wilt have a Medicin of more worth then gold; God be merciful to men and women, which in stead of this have only the rust of Iron put into their bellies; this Medicin is vast in its effects, but most omninous in all kind of Fluxes, let it content thee for this time I have gi­ven thee a true receit.

To prepare the Sugar of Saturn.

Take what quantity of lead thou wilt, and in a Iron Kettle melt it, and with a ladle of Iron stir it, this continue till all the lead be turned in­to an Ash colloured powder; if thou, wilt (as I have done) add Bay salt, and continue it over a strong fire till thou perceive it begins to attain a red collour, let it cool, put it into a clean vessel not greasie, and wash out all the Salt well, and be sure thou take all the Salt taste away as by thy tasting, the last water thou maist perceive, then dry it well in a clean vessel, then grind it well up­on a Pursry with distilled Vinegar fit for to be used with a pensill, put it into a clean glass, cover it [Page 129]six fingers with distilled Vinegar, put on a blind head, and let it stand in ashes or Balneo Maria three or four days, let all cool, thy Vinegar will be as sweet as Sugar to thy taste, cant of the clear, put on more distilled Vinegar, proceed as afore, till it will yield to thee no more swee tness; fil­ter all as before of thy Crocus, vapor away till thou see a scum arise upon the top, let all cool, set it in a cool place or seller and it will shoot into most transparent Chrystals which is called the Su­gar of Saturn; note if it do not shoot into Cry­stals thou hast not vapored it enough away, when thou hast took out those Chrystals, vapor the rest and it will shoot Chrystals afresh, but if thou wilt take these Chrystals and calcin them again, and then disolve filter, congeal as is said above it will yet excel, I have done it five or six times o­ver; I cannot tell thee what this is good for; I know it is a great astringer, it is no part of my indeavor to make my self wiser then I am, let it suffice thee for this time that I have given thee a true receipt, for I dare not write beyond the la­bor of my hand, if thou canst believe me, there is no deceit in what I commit unto thee; thou maist as I have done also work this out of Red-lead, hut it did like me better to work it out of lead it self.

I will now give thee a true and plain Receipt of one of the most potent stateliest Medicins that I think is attainable in the world.

The true preparation of the essence of Venus, commonly called Ens Veneris.

Take from the Dunghill at the Refiners his dead [Page 130]head, commonly called Caput mortuum, that which is left of his Aqua Fortis, the blacker it is the bet­ter it is, for that is most burnt, put it into clean water and it will disolve, stir it, let it fine cant off that water; but on fresh water, this repeat till you by taste find no more sharpness in it, keep that water together, dry well the red earth, take of this red earth what quantity thou wilt of Salt Armoniake equal parts, grind them well together, put them into a sublimatory of good glass (note it may be done in earth) set it in sharp sand, begin with gentle fire, leave the hole open at the top onely, stop it with Cotton-wooll, that the wily Spirits of the Armoniak may go, else thou wouldst break the vessel; after twelve hours moderate fire, stop close the hole above, increase fire, thou maist with thy hand on the vessel know well whe­ther thou give fire orderly; note that after twen­ty four hours, or thirty hours, thou canst not hurt it with fire, let all cool, and with an Hares foot cleanse off thy sublimation, which will almost be on the collour of gold, take that which is sub­limed, and weigh its weight of fresh Ens well ground together and sublime it again, and this work thou must repeat four time always upon fresh Ens, before thy work be perfect; if thou dealest honestly with this preparation, which thou maist do in a matter of 10 or 12 days; there needeth little other Physick, three or four grains drank in white wine or in any proper Vehicle, always ballancing a proportion by the strength and weakness of the patient; this is a true receit as I have done it, let if speak for it self; but I did not pass all the sublimations at once, having no [Page 131]present occasion for it, I have seen this so glori­ous as to my thinking it hath exceeded gold; God Almighty prosper that man that strives to excel in well-doing. Now take all thy water and filter it very clean and vapor it away, and thou wilt receive a considerable quantity of fixed salt white and good, put it into a strong crusible, and calcine it in a reverberatory for six hours, have care that thy heat do not make it flow, but let it be meanly red hot, then dissolve it in distilled rain water, filter it, vapor away the water, it is abun­dantly fairer then it was at first; note thy water must be twice distilled which is best done in quan­tity in a Copper Still with a Serpentine Refrige­tory; in this work let dirt sooner fall into thy eye then into thy work, then calcine again a third time and proceed as above, thou hast a Medicine of great force, but if thou wilt repeat this work till thy Salt will yield unto thee no more Fecis, I dare not tell thee what I think it will do, I know thou art hasty with me, and demands what this fixed salt is good for, and my answer is as ready (go look) I cannot tell, but if thou wilt know what a fixed Medicin is good for look amongst the Cronical of fixed diseases which the Gallinist counts uncurable, thou canst not knock down an Ox with a small Mallet, the remedy must over ballance the disease. Note, aster this order you may almost gain the Salt of any thing, I therefore have write this.

Undoubtedly no greater pleasure can be had on earth in earthly things, then to be busily im­ployed in the curious pursuing of these things▪ I [Page 132]do therefore account my self most happy, whose good hap it is next to the true fear, love, and ser­ving of God, to be swallowed up in the daily pur­suance hereof; above all things see that thou a­dict thy self to be neat and cleanly in thy work; if thou knowest any thing in Alchimy, thou must know that with patience thou must work to take a few grains of the excremental parts, out of an ounce of the substantial parts, and it may be work long, and throw all away and begin a­gain, and this without change or reluctance of mind, being fully resolved to work ever if thou ever meanest to speed, its profitably miscarried, if thou thereby art humbled, else thou wilt not be taught, God resists the proud, but gives grace and teacheth the humble; therefore give time with patience, for that is of God, but hast and unpati­ence is of the devil, the greatest mastery is the well governance of the regiment of fire, besure that thou hast Vulcan well yoaked in his own fet­ters, and see well that his bellows be not too big, onely study to make Volatil that which is fixt, and to fix that which is Volatil, and all this after due cleansing, if thou canst so deal with this salt thou wilt find bread; thou wilt never want matter if thou hast this power, he onely is happy whom God teacheth, his true fear is the beginning of wisdom, them he teacheth the way they shall go [...] be not curious beyond nature. I my self for some years past have much exceeded, following the Chimaerais of my own head, soar not to things too high and beyond thee, remember the saying of one of the chief Pillars in Physick; Art is [Page 133]long, life is short, know God is in heaven, and thou on earth, thou canst not fathom his depths in the least natural thing; how canst thou then comprehend him who fills all things? Be not of­fended because I am bold with thee, tis because I love thee; I cannot but improve the tallent be­stowed, and so I shall leave it with thee, if thou counts me a fool, I care not for if, I know it well, I am contented, if I add a tittle to thee it is that which I desire, no mans goodness can add any thing to God, he already is perfect therein, per­fect harmony, perfect silence and rest for ever in himself, to whom nothing can be added, but our goodness may be extended unto the men on the earth, to them that excel in vertue, I strive there­after as I receive help, some of these receits can­not be wrought by unpracticed hands; I can but give as I have received, good will excits and moves this offer, let it work likewise in thee to accept in what I have done weakly, be thou more ready to mend then find fault, if I have deserved rebuke, I will accept it from thee in any language with thanks.

I will now deliver thee in as plain words as I can, a most stately Receit, which I have wrought and given many scores of times with great success

The preparation of the Salt of Mars, salt of Steel, so called.

Take what quanity of Oyl of Vitriol thou pleasest, and put it in an open Glass, or in a well glazed vessel, set it upon a stool in a Chimney, [Page 134]put into it for each pound of Oyl one ounce of Salt Jem or Stone Salt beaten to fine powder, take the filings of Steel, and with a spoon sprinkle upon the Oyl, and it will foam, boil and fret, have care thou be not too hasty, for then will it boyl over, continue this shaking in of the powder of Steel so long that thou perceive it to be all dry and hard, and will foam and fret no more, then set it in a sand Furnace and dry it very well, that it be hard, and like a stone almost for hardness; bring this to fine powder, have a good quantity of water warm, and sprinkle this powder there­on, and keep it stirring with a stick, otherwise it will knit to a stone in the bottom; filter this wa­ter, put on more, repeat this putting on of wa­ter till it be no more sharp, let all be clean filtred, and vapor away the half or above, and it will shoot into transparant green Chrystals very fair Vitriol, vapor yet again and it will shoot again, if thou hast vapored enough of it away, take all the Chrystals or Vitriol, and lay it abroad on a well glazed dish, and set it in a stove or in the Sun in his strength, and it will break into white pow­der; then put it into a clean distilled water, and it will dissolve, filter it again, coagulate it into Chrystals, it will shoot into far more fairer Vitriol then the [...]irst; this ought to be repeated so oft till it will [...]et no more fecis, but at this twice it will be in a very honorable condition, and so far I have gon [...], dry it well, it will be a white yellow powder, and keep it close [...]opt in a glass for thy use; of this powder ten or twelve grains in the morning, and so for a week toge [...]he [...], [...]is profit­able [Page 135]to bring the Flowers, if drunk in good white wine, and stirring upon it, it sometimes causeth vomiting, sometimes purging, and sometimes nei­ther; it easeth the breast of stopping, helps Rickits and killeth worms, give to children three or four grains according to their strength, it is a choice Medicin as I have proved.

If thou would draw the Oyl of Vitriol thy self take good Copperas, and in a new earthen pan boyl it dry; beat it to powder, put it in long necks, lute fast & draw it with judgement, as much as the Oyle of Amber is, some calcine it red first as I have done my self, but for this work it need not so be done.

A true Receit of the powder of Sympathy, or the Sum­pathetical powder, made of Roman Vitriol, lately commended by Sir Kenelme Digby, but no plain Re­ceit given which I here perform and freely give thee, knowing that there is none better.

Take what quantity of Roman Vitriol thou wilt, dissolve it in rain water, but put no more wa­ter then will dissolve it, always leaving some un­dissolved in the bottom, filter it as clean as pos­sible (let thy water be milk warm in thy dissoluti­on) put it in a clean glass-body set in sifted ashes, and give it gentle heat, so that it never exceed the heat of thy belly, and in that heat let it vapor away till thou see it covered with a Catecula or thin scum or cream, then withdraw thy fire, let it sland unmolested for three days, covering it well that nothing fall into it, then with a glass spoon [Page 136]or wooden spoon, take out the coagulated Vi­triol which is shot into fair green Chrystals, then kindle thy fire again, and with like degree con­tinue till it be covered with a scum, withdraw thy fire again, let it stand other three days, take up again with a wooden spoon the coagulation; this you must repeat untill thou hast the substance of thy Vitriol again, but freed from much of its filth; take all thy Vitriol which thou hast gather­ed, spread it on a glass or well glazed dish in the heat of the Sun, or in defect thereof a clean stone of equal heat with the scum, and take heed thou dost not exceed, for then wilt thou leese its vital parts which are quickly volatil and subtil, neither wilt thou attain any more greenness on thy Vitriol which when thou perceivest, begin a­gain, all is lost, understand thy degrees of fire bet­ter, but if you give it its dew heat then will it break into a white powder, and the greenness which is its life will obscure and hide it self, then take it again, and in rain water distilled twice, dissolve it as at first. Now mark, I bring thee again to thy beginning, and there I leave thee; for this work thou shouldst repeat so oft and so long till it set no more fecis to thee, but conclude when thou wilt, thou seest what Sir Kenelum Digby doth write, viz. The Antients did use this Vitriol in its grosse body beat to powder. I have here given thee so true away as I know none better, for in this thou bringst it beyond what is fit to be written, and doth hold, preserve and keep all its power, both spiritual, sympathetical, fixt and Volatil.

[Page 137]If thou hast ears I have said much, what is wanting unto thee, consult with Van Helmount, Aswall Groby, Mr. Boulton, and Sir Kenelme Digby.

Being moved fully with good will, I will here give thee one receit more, the like I confidently affirm never saw the light for the good of man­kind, and whosoever will be perswaded upon my faith and credit always to have it truely and faithfully prepared, may with much confidence cease from all other things in the world, & quietly commit themselves and relations into the hands of Almighty God in the use of this with quietness and rest, and I speak boldly if this prove short, to correct thy Feavor and heal thy disease, and hath not power to purge thy blood, and throw all out that is noxtious unto thy vital Spirit, let thy ailes be what they will, look not for it to be done in this world; I pitty thy fugitive mind and pray for thee when I see thee hunt from one man to another, and from one Medicine unto another, which is indeed the harbinger of death; but if thou art admonished from thy vain worshipping of men to fall off, and with a quiet mind pray and use this and therein rest waiting upon God: I am sully possest and perswaded in my conscience it is sufficient for thee, and if thou as blind as Bayard cry out of the strong poison of the subjects, viz. Poppey and black Hellebor, thou snarling fool cease and first learn the power of Salt of Tartar, and do not bewray thy folly and ignorance till thou hast proved its power, least thou give just occasion of perpetual laughter unto those whom experience hath taught & informed, I do confess [Page 138]I can exempt no Medicin in the world but my Pill and Antidote, whose receits I may not at pre­sent here give thee; and this I protest unto thee, that if thou hast made a right use of this that I have here in full and plain words taught, I should have small hope with any thing I am made Master of, to help and cure where this cannot; and therefore as thou hast respect unto thy life consider what I now teach thee, I say I teach thee under God, for I have not had the least light or guide from any breathing, or from any book, but God Almighty my Lord and good Master hath been my guide, and therefore I with joy do ascribe unto him all praise and thansgiving for ever.

Rec. Take one pound of the best White Rhen­nish Tartar, and one pound of India Salt-peeter, bring them to powder in a stone Morter & serce them thorow a Hair Sive, take a Pipkin that was never used, & set it upon Charcole, let the bottom heat as the coals do kindle, put in a spoonful of this powder, if the bottom be read hot it will burn, put in one spoonful after another till all be burned, it is then for this work prepared, & if thou hast wrought well thou wilt have of a white Salt but yellowish, seventeen ounces again of thy two pounds. Take half a bushel of White-lime, put it in a clean tubb, and put on it fair water, that the water may cover it four inches, let if stand all night, take two gallons of this water and put in it thy salt, and it is prepared for thy work, then take one pound weight of Poppe-leaves good and red, newly gathered as near as thou canst, stamp them and put them into thy prepared wa­ter, [Page 139]take also one pound of Juniper berries, and do likewise also take one pound of black Hellebor which thou maist buy at the Druggist for a small matter, beat it grosly and put it into the rest, stir all very well, let them simper upon a fire twenty four hours in a glass-body, or in a Tin vessel or Pewter, but let it be close covered, then drive all through a Hipocris bagg and its prepared for thy use, drink of this three or four spoonful in White-wine and Sugar, but give more or less as the patient is strong or weak, to weak children half a spoonful or a spoonful with Wine or Su­gar; note thou maist do what thou wilt with this if thou knowest how to apply it for thy health; I desire thee whatever thou art to praise God for this, the like I believe is not made manifest for the preserving of thy health against all diseases, in­fections, Feavors, Surfeits, this will not fail thee of relief let thy pains be what they will, nor of cure if God permit; if thou hast patience and will give it time, I have from my conscience spoke my belief grounded upon reason and experience, and freely give it thee, beseeching God to bless it to thee and inlarge thy heart as mine is inlarged, that is, that thou maist do for thy neighbor as I now do for thee, presenting nothing in this or any thing about it but the labor of my hand, and what I daily put into my own belly; and let me further tell thee I had much wrestling with my self as in the presence of God, before I could prevail upon the gain-saying that was in me, to draw so nigh thee for thy unvaluable benefit, for if thou con­siderest the things are easie attained, every ditch [Page 140]offering the some of them, and the preparation so trinial, that there is as much art to make a mess of pottage; in this above all other I have deserved well at thy hand, if thou hast a heart to improve it, neither do I doubt, although many will be an­gry and snatter at it, but this entrance which I have given in this receipt will stand while the world indures and get strength, and my memory held in honor, for so good service in it. This book hath swelled beyond my intention, yet I am con­strained to give thee one receipt or two more in few words, and so I for this time shall rest, praising God who helped me before I go out of this world to perform some real service for the good of man­kind in general.

To make the drink that is now much used, called Coffee,

The Coffee Berries is to be bought at any Dru­gist, about three shillings the pound, take what quantity you please, and over a Charcole-fire in a old pudding-pan or frying-pan, keep them al­ways stirring untill they be quite black, and when you crack one with your teeth, that it is as black within as it is without, yet if you exceed, then do you wast the oyl which onely makes the drink and if less then will it not deliver his Oyl which must make the drink, and if you should continue fire till it be white, it will then make no Coffee, but onely give you its salt; the Berry prepared as a­bove beaten and serced thorow a Lawn Sive is then fit for use.

Take clean water and boil one third of it away [Page 141]what quantity soever it be, and it is fit for use.

Take one quart of this prepared water, put in it one ounce of your prepared Coffee, and boil it gently one quarter of an hour and it is fit for your use, drink one quarter of a pint as hot as you can sip it; note that instead of Coffee, take English Wheat and thou wilt find it in all points as good and as profitable for thee as I have wrought and proved it, and speak it from knowledge, and I do from my heart bear witness to this drink as the best and safest for the health of mans body; and fur­ther I do know that it doth abate the fury or sharpness of the Accrimony which is the gender of those diseases called Cronical, and although it doth want fermentation, yet hath it the true strength of the grain if be well prepared, and doth in no wife sume to intoxication for that it is unfermented, and undoubtedly those which loves health will love this drink, and is an abso­lute enemy unto natures enemies, I had thought to have spoken much and from good grounds of the worth and benefit of this drink, but being al­ready inlarged beyond intention, I am constrain­ed to leave it for this time.

I have wrote many things which will have an ungrateful taste, yet of mighty force for thy health I cannot conclude this book but I must give thee one receipt more, which will be acceptable unto thy foolish fancy, that in truth thy appetite never tasted a more stately thing or higher cordial for health, and yet cheap and of very easie and vul­gar preparation, as followeth.

Take twelve pound of Black-Cherries that is [Page 142]full grown and sweet, break all their stones in a morter, put them in a Limbeck or in a small com­mon Stillers Still, put to them one gallon of fair Spring water, distill off again one Gallon or on gallon within a point; this water doth far exceed that which is commonly sold for black-Cherry water, take all out and run it throw a Pulpring sive, and wash with clean water the still or the Limbeck, and what runs thorow the Sive of it self, keep to make thy Surrup of, the rest drive thorow the Sive by force, that nothing be lest but skin and stones, and that keep by it self, for thy Surrop take the first that is thin and run thorow the Sive of it self, put unto it for each pint two pound of sweet sented Lisborn Sugar, and put into one quart of Rose water, and one quart of Sparmint water; boyl all at least eight hours; Note that if from first to [...]st the matter be not boiled twelve or fourteen hours it will not an­swer thy intention, but if thou wilt feed it with fire twenty four hours, thou therewith may do wonders; I have so wrought it and baked it o­ver and over several times, and thou maist know that a Black Cherry is a substance unknown, and cannot by fire be made dry, but as soon as it is cold, it will draw to it self a moist air, and will relent do what thou canst, yet I have so fired him, or fed him with fire, that I could not touch it with my teeth, such hath been its mighty force, and for obstructions all have flown before it, and when I would, taking but a little more then ordinary it would loose my belly, and give a stool or two, but if thou wilt make a Surrup of it without this ex­tream [Page 143]firing it will not then be worth an half pen­ny, but will be only toothsome as other ordinary Sirrops is. I leave thee to judge of it as thou wilt, I know for my self many years ago it was precious in its effects unto me, and from that ex­perience I had of it, I now moved with good­will, commit it unto thee.


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